New Marshfield Clinic Hospital
Posted: June 24, 2016
I am not surprised that Marshfield Clinic will be building a new hospital in Eau Claire. But I was surprised to see that Mike Rivers, owner of the Plaza Hotel & Suites, is selling his property for the new hospital.
I am certainly no expert in the hospital industry, or for that matter, the medical industry. But it seems to me that Marshfield Clinic's new foray into the hospital business has its competitors on edge. For example, Mayo Clinic Health Care System in Eau Claire was not pleased to see its counterpart enter the hospital business, and Sacred Heart Hospital also objected to the plan. I thought it was interesting that officials with OakLeaf Surgery had no comment on the plan, but that may be because a number of those doctors used to work for Marshfield Clinic.
The new Marshfield Clinic hospital is going to try to limit the high cost of health care in the Chippewa Valley, which is admirable. But even with some of the higher health care costs in the state and the nation, I also thought it was also interesting to hear what Pete Farrow, CEO of Group Health Cooperative said in an interview last week with The Leader Telegram. He said that he doubts health care costs can go down based on his experience in the industry.
Overall, if the new Marshfield Clinic hospital and cancer center can lower health insurance costs in this market, I am all for it. However, it should be noted that many others have tried to lower health insurance costs, so nothing is guaranteed.
RANDOM THOUGHT: After last Sunday's horrible mass shooting in Orlando, FL, I think it's important to note that 55 Republicans voted for the amendment to expand background check requirements to include private sales and sales over the Internet for guns. There was one democrat who also voted for the deal. As I have stated in other editorials in the past, I am all for gun rights. Even though I have never shot a gun, I still believe that hunters have the right to bear arms and help deplete the deer and turkey population. However, I also believe that suspected terrorists should delay gun sales to those who are suspected terrorists, including those on watch and no-fly lists, for three days and then halt sales, but only after proving probable cause before a judge. It just makes sense to me.
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