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Bob Herman Mar 17, 2017
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Mayo Clinic isn't hurting financially

Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. John Noseworthy, left (Evan Vucci / AP)

Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. John Noseworthy ignited a firestorm this week after the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Noseworthy said the esteemed academic medical center would prioritize patients who have private health insurance over those who have Medicare and Medicaid for non-emergency procedures.

It was a damning statement — actively preferring people with better-paying coverage over the old and poor — but it reflected the unspoken policy of the hospital industry. Noseworthy also said this policy needed to happen so his not-for-profit organization "can be financially strong at the end of the year to continue to advance...our mission."

So, we decided to comb through eight years of the health system's financial documents to see if it was in peril. The gist: Mayo Clinic's finances are well above average.

Data: Mayo Clinic financial documents; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon / Axios