I've always had excellent health insurance coverage as far back as I can remember. I don't know how much longer that is going to last since we are now on Medicare and VEBA. *sigh* Its a scarey future!!!
Those idiots in Washington look like all they are going to do is make things worse!!! The President just might have made a mistake turning its development and writing up to the politicians in Congress!!! The idiots are proposing a TAX on durable medical equipment manufacturers - the ONLY medical industry or business to be taxed. As a way to pay for the health care plan they are developing. Gawd! Have any of you seen the prices on durable medical equipment??? Its as bad or worse than medication pricing!!!! But the DME manufacturers were the only medical "industry" that didn't lobby and bribe the pols.
Sorry. I got off topic.
Mayo has taken a terrible hit financially from the financial industry's problems and the budding health care competition from India. They just aren't able to continue many of the "subsidizing" assistance they provided to the uninsured and under insured that they have in the past. At the same time the chains and outsiders are buying up the town and driving up the cost of hotels, guest housing and dining. And robbing Rochester of its wonderful small town charm and hospitality.
But its still the best medical care in the US and cheaper than locally for the same procedures, etc. in our area and very much worth the 12 hour drive for us when we aren't satisfied or confident in our local care. And they are more than willing to work w/our local doctors! And they are the EPITOME of efficiency. They do NOT waste your time full well knowing you are from out of town and have travel and accomodation expenses in addition to the medical expenses. Once you have your initial consultation you are off on a whirlwind of tests and procedures, many the same day depending on how late in the day your initial consultation is.
Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.