Even the Minnesota Twins were dismayed when Sanford Health unveiled its massive advertising sign behind home plate at the new Twins baseball stadium in Minneapolis, not long after “merging” with MeritCare Health Systems, i.e. taking it over, in Fargo-Moorhead and the surrounding region. (Sanford is presently the largest provider of rural health care in the USA.)
I owe Sanford money I can’t afford to pay them, because I can’t afford health insurance nor can my wife, and I’m unemployed through no fault of my own. We both have health issues. Hope dwindles with the recent election and unemployment issues the way they presently stand. Nothing good is going to come out of it soon. These are spiritual issues, because they involve human life and wellness.
Sanford’s acquisitions have taken another turn. They have now acquired Bemidji’s health care system. Hallelujah! The “not-for-profit” magnate is now even more powerful and wealthier than ever!
My doctor at MeritCare (now Sanford) told me on my recent visit with him that he’s moving to another clinic. I said, “Because of Sanford?” He said, “Yes.” I said, “Money?” He said “Yeah.” I took him to mean Sanford was cutting his pay, although I can’t swear to it. It sure sounded like that was the inference.
With health care, really big isn’t always better. Doctors already get paid for ordering tests, referring to specialists, prescribing expensive medications, ordering x-rays and ultra-sounds, etcetera. Now we have to contend with more bureaucracy, more “not-for-profit” profits for the magnate and lower-paid doctors who are bound to try compensate by ordering more lab work, tests, therapies and so on.
More people are uninsured or have crummy, expensive health coverage, and more people are unemployed since the Great Depression took its toll on American citizens. And the recent elections are only going to worsen the situation for millions of Americans with lousy or no health insurance.
Why did the outgoing CEO of MeritCare decide to sell-out to Sanford, if it was his decision? To sweeten his retirement package? I can only guess. To benefit the community? I don’t think so. Health care is all about money, not the spirituality of getting and keeping people well.
Fargo is not going to benefit one iota from having Sanford overtake health services to its citizenry. But it’s too late now. We will be paying more and getting less due to the skullduggery of the business people and politicians who pull the strings even of my and your health and wellness. In this case, personal wealth and institutional power translate into spiritual bankruptcy and holy carnage.