August 27, 2009

Mayo refocuses debate on health reform

By Kelley Luckstein

As the national debate over health care reform heats up, Mayo Clinic is adding more details to its positions on changes it wants to see.


Specifically, Mayo reiterated its view against what's been called the "public option" and emphasized the importance of end of life discussions with a patient's physician.


"We do not support the creation of another government-run, government price-controlled, Medicare-like insurance plan," Mayo says in a document.


On Tuesday, Mayo released two documents, "A perspective on current health reform issues from Mayo Clinic" and "A foundation for health care reform legislation." One of the perspectives is co-authored by Mayo CEO Dr. Denis Cortese.


The purpose of the documents is to refocus Mayo's message on health care reform, outline processes legislators can follow in making change, and define terms Mayo has been using such as a value index, said Jane Jacobs of the Mayo Clinic Health Policy Center.


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Tags: health care reform, Health Policy, Health Policy

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