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Kind Applauds Mayo Clinic Healthcare Reform Proposal

April 28, 2008
Press Release

Washington, D.C. ––U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) joined Mayo Clinic today in the unveiling of their new healthcare reform proposal. Mayo Clinic presented a comprehensive healthcare plan that seeks to provide universal healthcare, better co-ordination and value of care, and reform payment systems so they are better equipped to pay for outcomes.

“Healthcare is one of the most complex and important issues facing our nation today and I am pleased to see Mayo Clinic take the initiative on such a wide-ranging healthcare reform project. Not only do we have 47 million Americans living without health insurance, given today’s precarious economy, millions more are living with the fear of losing their coverage,” Rep. Kind said. “It is important for our nation to tackle this issue, and we are fortunate to have leading healthcare experts so close to home. Our providers here in western Wisconsin will be critical in developing a solution to the healthcare crisis. As a member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, I will work hard to implement the successes of western Wisconsin’s healthcare system on the federal level.”

Mayo Clinic conducted the research for their healthcare reform for nearly two years, speaking to 1,500 physicians, patients, insurers, business people and others involved and interested in the healthcare field. From this research, Mayo Clinic identified four focus areas: individual ownership of health insurance, coordinated care, increased value of care, and payment reform. The plan also includes steps for the private and public sector to best implement healthcare reform.

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