Changes coming to improve care, reduce costs

November 18, 2013

dr robert nesse

It’s often said that you get what you pay for. But when it comes to health care costs, most people would agree we’re paying far too much for the value of the care we receive.

This is not a small problem. Health care costs are the leading cause of personal bankruptcies in the United States, and the majority of those are among people who have health insurance.

Something has to change in our country’s health care system.

And Mayo Clinic Health System is a leader in the effort to change the health care system and improve the value of the care we deliver to you and your family.

One way we’re changing is by applying the best practice to the care we provide at all of our locations. That means you’ll receive the same high level of care whether you’re in Fairmont, Minn., Waycross, Ga., or another health system location in between. Behind the scenes, we’re working to integrate and standardize our practices. Standardization does more than improve care and efficiency — it also saves money, which means lower health care costs.

We’ve also launched Patient Online Services in most of our locations, which allows you to check your lab results, clinical notes, medication list and other portions of your medical record from your own computer. You can also use the site to connect directly with your provider.

The changes we’re making are designed to improve the care you receive while lowering the cost of delivering that care. We’re excited to be starting this challenging but essential work because we believe it will lead to a better health care system — and better health — for us all.

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This article talked about the value of care? The last hospital stay I had in Eau Claire the respiratory therapist asked my wife to bring my CPAP machine from home because she couldn't find one. The best part of it was that I was billed over $500.00 for the services she provided. That great value for my dollar.

James Stewart - 11/19/2013

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