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Continued: Schafer: Mayo's clinic for business execs serves as reminder

  • Article by: LEE SCHAFER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 1, 2013 - 8:57 AM

Immunization is an aspect of health care that is usually thought of as a public good. If enough kids get vaccinated there is a herd immunity that protects everybody, even kids without the shots. That makes government support for vaccinations easy to justify.

There are other good reasons for government involvement in mainstream economics that include the wisdom of funding preventive care of chronic disease. But the point here is that it would be far better to have these discussions without muddling the economic case.

If health care were a public good, it would suggest that an expanded Mayo executive health center in Rochester would not have any limit on the number of people who can go there.

And there clearly will be one. Limiting access appears to be a pretty fundamental idea behind one of these executive health centers.

 

lee.schafer@startribune.com • 612-673-4302

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