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Old 12-17-2009, 07:27 AM
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A friend of mine has cancer and just got out of surgery at the famous Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. She lives on the East Coast and has access to a number of very high end medical facilities in the Washington/Baltimore area but chose instead to fly all the way to Rochester Minnesota to go to the Mayo Clinic.

Do you think that places like the Mayo Clinic will really provide that much better surgical care than the local Hospitals in Washington/Baltimore? Would the typical person's insurance pay for the upgrade to a place like the Mayo Clinic?
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Old 12-17-2009, 03:36 PM
Location: Missouri
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It depends on the insurance plan. My ex and I lived in NJ when he had a stroke. Our insurance was fine with us traveling to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore for treatment, rather than using local hospitals. Of course, we confirmed everything with the insurance before we went.
Your other question was, is the treatment that much better? I personally think it depends on your situation. My ex had a rare health issue that caused his stroke, which is why we preferred to go to Johns Hopkins, who had a specialist who had an expertise in that issue.
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Old 12-18-2009, 12:06 AM
Location: Houston, TX
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I live in the shadow of Mayo Clinic, but had to fly to a knee surgeon in TX to have my knee fixed. Depending on the situation I would research the top specialists in the field (not necessarily at Mayo Clinic) and then ask the insurance if they will cover that person. I don't find the care at Mayo Clinic any better than the care at Rochester's other hospital system Ommsted Clinic, but it is way more expensive.
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Old 12-18-2009, 07:23 AM
Location: Melbourne, FL
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We use Mayo clinic in Jacksonville, FL when we have any question whatsoever about our health care. Mayo clinic is like a well-oiled machine. They have a team approach whereas many other places have to call one doctor, get reports from another, then another, etc. Whereas Mayo has the entire team of doctors review your health, using the best approach and latest techologies to get you where you need to be. I had a friend that had years of heat problems.. went to Mayo and found the problem and has been feeling much better since then. On their website it shows what insurance they accept. Anyone can make their own appointment, but it may take a month or two to get in unless you have a physician call as a referral. My husband went to get his arm operated at Mayo and they were fantastic! Easy, timely and the care was so above anywhere I have seen in our area. That is the first place I would go for a second opinion or if I had any reservations at all with my local doctors. The Cleveland Clinic is another place I would investigate.
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Old 12-19-2009, 10:04 PM
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I have to agree with the other posters.. it really depends on the condition.. just because its "Washington/Baltimore" does NOT mean its top of the line for all conditions. I live in an area where we have a hosptial that specializes and is the best in the country for pulmonary issues.. I also live in a state that has the top rated animal care clinic in the nation.
I have a friend that lives on the east coast and states that with the Ivy league scholls available the doctors must be better... I just ask her... have you LOOKED at how they set your wrist, have you even taken another consideration how they are treating xyz condition???? (she has several health conditions) Seriously - if thats the "best" or what would be considered the "best"... i really really really would hate to see their worst..

Now there are bad and good Drs across the country..
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Old 12-19-2009, 10:33 PM
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My insurnace wil pay to go to MD Anderson in Houston which is the #1 rated cancer hos[ital in the nation.It really depends on the type of insurance you have with what company. Hopefully I would need it.
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