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Inside Your Health: Healthcare Experts React to Mayo Clinic CEO Comments

March 20, 2017 09:10 AM

Comments from the Mayo Clinic CEO about providing medical treatment based on health insurance kicked up plenty of controversy last week.

Dr. John Noseworthy made the comments in a speech last year, but they just recently surfaced.

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Dr. Noseworthy told his staff they should prioritize privately insured patients over those receiving coverage through government programs.

On Friday, Dr. Noseworthy released a statement, saying in part that he used the word "prioritized" and that he regrets the concern that has caused.

Dr. Noseworthy said Mayo Clinic will continue serving patients with government insurance, and that medical need will always be the primary factor when deciding whether to take a patient.

Still, the Department of Human Services says it has questions for Mayo.

KSTP's Leah McLean sat down with KSTP medical expert Dr. Archelle Georgiou, who explains why this doesn't exactly surprise many in the healthcare industry.

View their conversation in the video player above.

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