The facility claims it can't cover its costs with some medicare patients--most likely the long-term care of Alzheimer's and dementia patients. The Mayo Clinic is a non-profit organization, so their business model is different than a privately run medical corp. Also, a big part of the Mayo Clinic's mission is medical research and innovative procedures.
There is no shortage of good doctors and facilities in Phoenix that will treat medicare patients. Let's hope they all get good counseling and make informed end-of-life decisions.
The were a number of points in the article you chose to ignore:
Mayo’s Medicare losses in Arizona may be worse than typical for doctors across the U.S., Heim said. Physician costs vary depending on business expenses such as office rent and payroll. “It is very common that we hear that Medicare is below costs or barely covering costs,” Heim said.
Mayo will continue to accept Medicare as payment for laboratory services and specialist care such as cardiology and neurology, Yardley said.Robert Berenson, a fellow at the Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center in Washington, D.C., said physicians’ claims of inadequate reimbursement are overstated. Rather, the program faces a lack of medical providers because not enough new doctors are becoming family doctors, internists and pediatricians who oversee patients’ primary care.