07 Nov Focusing on Health Care Solutions in Minnesota
Guest blog post from Theresa Lewis, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar compared the evolution of Mayo Clinic to the evolution of the US in regard to medicine and research. First she acknowledged, “It wasn’t easy to turn a little frontier medical practice into one of the world’s most prestigious medical institutions.” She recognized that it took “work, investment and imagination” to create Mayo Clinic and that it will take those types of inputs to keep health care advancing.
Sen. Klobuchar acknowledged the challenges and proposed solutions for “the future of our nation’s health care system, and the future of our own health, and the future of the world’s health.”
- Challenge 1: Funding for NIH.
- Challenge 2: Government dysfunction.
- Challenge 3: Global competition.
- Challenge 4: Recruiting the best and the brightest for research.
- Solution 1: Funding for medical research, e.g. the Accelerating Biomedical Research Act & the American Cures Act.
- Solution 2: Public and private partnerships (to collaborate and make research dollars go farther by complimenting NIH funding).
- Solution 3: Hubs of medical research (e.g., the State of Minnesota made a ground-breaking decision to embrace the idea of a medical hub: Destination Medical Center).
- Solution 4: Revolutionize patient care.
- Solution 5: STEM education (Encourage children to pursue science, technology, engineering and math).
- Solution 6: Immigration reform, such as the Immigration Innovation Act.
Sen. Klobuchar followed up these ideas with the following thoughts:
- The point of research and innovation is “saving lives, making lives better and giving hope when hope seems lost.”
- “If we’re not investing in the future, continually striving to do better, then we are falling behind.”
- Quote from John F. Kennedy: “The US was not built by those who waited and rested and wished to look behind them. It was conquered by those who moved forward.”
Sen. Klobuchar urges listeners to “choose progress over stagnation” by working together on common ground to improve healthcare. She closed by recognizing that success is not about “standing by yourself making speeches. Success is whether or not you’re willing to stand next to someone that you don’t always agree with, for the betterment of this country. And that’s what we need to do.”