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My son’s doctor at Mayo Health in Mankato recently referred him to a specialist at Mayo in Rochester. The bill for the 15-minute visit was $640. Since Mayo’s Rochester and Mankato divisions have separate billing systems, my son has to start over on insurance and financial paperwork. The people at Mayo see nothing unusual about this and are not sympathetic.
Facing a chronic illness is one thing. Facing endless copayments, annual minimums and complicated billing and insurance paperwork is another. If Mayo wants tax dollars to help it expand, how about a visionary plan for doing something about the lack of cost control and nightmarish billing in its current system?
Robert Idso, St. Peter
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SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL
Whatever he said, secret taping was wrong
Concerning the negative letter about Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (“Tape reflects poorly on GOP’s McConnell,” April 13). How would you feel if a neighbor or competitor bugged your home or office and listened to your uncensored comments, in this case about potential competitor Ashley Judd?
Mr. McConnell was the victim.
Robert Gella, Eden Prairie
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Cartoonist’s honor is long-deserved
Heartfelt congrats to Star Tribune editorial cartoonist Steve Sack on his Pulitzer Prize. I’ve often wondered why national media didn’t pick up his smart cartoons more often. They will now.
Peg Meier, Minneapolis
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