President Obama has repeatedly praised Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic as a role model for health care.
“I think what’s important is to say to the American People that you should get the best possible care to make you well,” he told Diane Sawyer in June. “And that the measure of the quality of care is not quantity, but whether or not it is making you better. Now, what we’ve seen is that there’s some communities and some health systems that do this very well. Mayo Clinic, a classic example. In Rochester, Minnesota. People go there. They– spend about 20-30 percent less than some other parts of the country, and yet have better outcomes.”
But the Mayo Clinic is not so enamored of the House Democrats’ health care reform bill.
On the Mayo Clinic’s health care blog, the clinic’s reaction was thus:
“Although there are some positive provisions in the current House Tri-Committee bill – including insurance for all and payment reform demonstration projects – the proposed legislation misses the opportunity to help create higher-quality, more affordable health care for patients. In fact, it will do the opposite.
“In general, the proposals under discussion are not patient focused or results oriented. Lawmakers have failed to use a fundamental lever – a change in Medicare payment policy – to help drive necessary improvements in American health care. Unless legislators create payment systems that pay for good patient results at reasonable costs, the promise of transformation in American health care will wither. The real losers will be the citizens of the United States.”
– Jake Tapper and Cindy Smith