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  •  I wish I could rec this a hundred times ... (24+ / 0-)
    * If they were that good, they wouldn't need ads. The word would be out like the Mayo and Cleveland Clinics that this is the place to go.  They advertise for 2 reasons:  to attract paying patients and to ensure that the media they advertise on doesn't do negative stories about them.
    by Puddytat on Wed Mar 06, 2013
    •  I love Mayo Clinic. (7+ / 0-)

      Whenever I can, I try to lob some $$ to its foundation, which it uses for its uncompensated care fund.

      It's a great facility, and yes, it does treat patients who do not have insurance (or who lack sufficient insurance).

      I've never treated there, neither has any of my family. I pray we never have to. But I respect its research and I use its online site (which is far superior to webmd) often as reference.

      Just a thought to anyone who is thinking of skipping this week's lattes and wondering what to do with that cash. Mayo Clinic will graciously accept it.


      © grover

      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 11:14:38 PM PST

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    •  Cleveland Clinic (3+ / 0-)
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      does some really amazing research and cutting edge techniques.

      "I don't want a unicorn. I want a fucking pegasus. And I want it to carry a flaming sword." -mahakali overdrive

      by Silvia Nightshade on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 08:19:34 AM PST

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    •  Cleveland Clinic does advertise, by the way... (2+ / 0-)
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      but those ads are short and mostly remind people that anyone can seek treatment there, whether you live in Cleveland or not.  Their reputation proceeds them.

      Then again, thank the Saudi royal family generously, when considering Cleveland Clinic.  Their top cardiologist was the family's cardiologist for many years.  They endowed the cardiac care center as a gift to him.  

      When my mother was dying from her brain tumor, I waited in the waiting room with a branch of the Saudi royal family.  

      •  Oh, the Saudis are treated well there, believe me! (1+ / 0-)
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        I was there for my colectomy (colon removing surgery).  The Saudi royal family was there, too, and they closed an entire floor for them, including exclusive access to the roof observation deck.  Us poor peons were told the deck was unavailable.

        The rich patients that visited the Cleveland Clinic had their own private wing, too, though far less generous then the Saudis got.  At the least, the royal family paid for that access, and did some good in the process.

        The one thing that us middle class nobodies got access to, same as the rich?  The surgeons.  And that, ultimately, was the most important thing.

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