MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Mayo Clinic is facing some questions from the state of
Minnesota after its CEO told employees that if patient conditions are equal, its
hospitals should prioritize the privately insured patients over those under
government-subsidized programs like Medicaid.

John Noseworthy's comments came late last year in a videotaped speech to staff
but surfaced only this week.

Minnesota's Department of Human Services says it has questions for the hospital
and is reviewing its contracts with the clinic to ensure it's meeting
obligations to serve patients enrolled in public programs.

Mayo Clinic released a statement this week saying it has always been committed
to serving patients, regardless of insurance coverage, and that medical need is
the top factor in scheduling appointments.