I just love it when some "legends of the game" get all the attention and become untouchable. In basketball, there used to be the Jordan Rules. Michael was awesome but if you even sneezed near him you would get a foul. In Minnesota there are two legends: Brett Favre and the Mayo Clinic. Brett is a hero no matter what he does even though he has the best running back and defense in the league doing most of the work. The Mayo Clinic has always been held up in such high regard that you ignore some of their "advantages". An article in the Washington Post pointed out that:
Just 5 percent of Mayo's hospital patients receive Medicaid, an exceptionally low figure, compared with 29 percent at Olmsted (also in Rochester), where officials say they do more to help people in the community apply for Medicaid.
The Mayo Clinic does a great job but there are extenuating circumstances that continue to help them out. Getting paid well for their services is one of them. Ask any other hospital CEO in the country if they wouldn't mind that "just 5%" of their patients receive Medicaid and they would laugh uncontrollably.