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(TwinCities.com)   Mayo clinic spends an average of four Tylenol 3 pills per hour lobbying at the Minnesota State Capitol every year   ( twincities.com) divider line
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2014-03-20 02:51:20 PM  
3 votes:
Wiki says that Mayo Clinic spends $500 million per year on medical research. I'm having a hard time begrudging them spending 0.1% of that to make sure Michele Bachman keeps her bible out of the hospital.
2014-03-20 02:03:40 PM  
3 votes:
that actually sounds like very, very little to me
2014-03-20 11:10:51 PM  
1 vote:

jshine: Commode Eau Dragon: Downtown Rochester is really nice but you can tell that it deteriorates the further you get from the clinic.

Depends on which direction you go.  Most of the town is average & suburban, but the ring just outside of downtown can be a little industrial.

/ grew up in Rochester, MN
// plenty of pretentious restaurants there, but very few good ones -- for a town with so many highly-educated people

Victoria's manages to draw huge crowds. That's how bad the restaurant scene in Rochester is.
2014-03-20 07:31:58 PM  
1 vote:
when I had my first cataract surgery, they asked me if I wanted anything for the pain and I accepted 3 tylenols.  On my bill, they charged "Pain medications - 450 dollars"

that's 150 dollars for an at most 20 cent pill.

same surgery center wanted an arm and a leg for a Baerveldt valve procedure set up (for glaucoma that is really bad).  I got the surgeon and the anesthesiologist to give me a cash price, more than half off their regular price because I'm uninsured and paying out of pocket.  The most the surgery center would do was 10% if I paid up front.  It was more money than I had left in my IRA.  I had to cancel the operation.

fark you, Elliot 1-Day Surgery Center.
2014-03-20 03:52:58 PM  
1 vote:

T Baggins: It's sad how cheaply our politicians are bought. $480,000 to get a $585,000,000 kickback? Make Mayo spend $300 million to get a $600 million kickback; the public is stuck either way, but at least corrupt politicians could hold their heads up high, aboard their private yachts, instead of slinking off with tickets to box seats a Twins game with complementary beer and pizza.

Common misconception.  Mayo is spending $6 billion, and the state is agreeing to upgrade the *City of Rochester's* infrastructure to go along with this.  It's not a Mayo Clinic kickback by any means.
2014-03-20 03:16:15 PM  
1 vote:

dennysgod: Well they're a non-profit hospital so they had to spend the money somewhere.

I had this picture of the Mayo Clinic as a place that charged based on ability to pay and did a lot of research, so often people who had exhausted all other options would wind up there hoping that someone would find their disease worth studying.  I.e., hardly an institution that anyone except maybe Ayn Rand could find cause to complain about.  How inaccurate is that?
2014-03-20 03:10:40 PM  
1 vote:
In other news: The Mayo Clinic is a fantastic place if you ever need surgery. Single-patient rooms for all GI patients and pull out couch/recliners meant I got to spend every night with my fiance after her surgeries. Downtown Rochester is really nice but you can tell that it deteriorates the further you get from the clinic.
2014-03-20 03:10:24 PM  
1 vote:
Less than half a million a year on lobbying for one of the nation's top research clinics? ...*yawn*

For comparison, here's Johns Hopkins University's numbers:  https://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientsum.php?id=D000022053 and Mayo's:  https://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientsum.php?id=D000035692&year=20 1 3. Both would be total lobbying that each do any place, TFA was just at MN capitol.
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2014-03-20 02:51:27 PM  
1 vote:

SoupJohnB: "She don't lie, she don't lie, she don't lie - Codeine."

"Well I got a friend you see, and his name's Codeine, and together we gonna wait around to die" - Townes Van Zandt
2014-03-20 02:50:21 PM  
1 vote:

BiffDangler: that actually sounds like very, very little to me

Considering how most hospitals will charge you $15.00 for each Tylenol pill, Subby's math seems accurate to me.
2014-03-20 02:41:00 PM  
1 vote:
The governor with his $200 million Target\Dayton's  money stashed in South Dakota don't care about a measly $480,000.
2014-03-20 02:15:37 PM  
1 vote:
Well they're a non-profit hospital so they had to spend the money somewhere.
2014-03-20 02:08:22 PM  
1 vote:
I'm confused as to why you would bother to write a 5 paragraph article about the low-level lobbying of a single body.
2014-03-20 12:41:29 PM  
1 vote:
They're just trying to catch-up with the other special interests.  It's not that they relish the money they spend.
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