Is Sanford the ‘Pirates’ of Healthcare?

I will have to admit, I about spit out my drink when I read this;

From the start, the two entities had a clash of cultures. Krabbenhoft and his executive team were viewed as swashbuckling. They had money and ambition.

I also think it did not help they were being investigated for Medicare Fraud and later fined $20 Million.

But for UnityPoint’s regional leaders, the Asfora announcement weighed heavily, leading to concerns about whether Sanford was more committed to money than patients.

Just look at who the hospital is named after, the Pirate of the Credit Card industry. Or look at the massive sports complex they have built. It often makes me scratch my head when lawmakers basically let Sanford do what they want to, do not regulate them or reign them in but instead incentivize them, and when these same lawmakers get sick they run to Minnesota. I can’t say I don’t blame them.



5 comments ↓

#1 Jannelle Cain on 11.16.19 at 5:05 pm

Well..I say you have to look at the big picture. Denny wants to die broke and is financing MANY clicks in 3rd world countries. It’s the way things work every day when someone donates a huge about of $.. the entity names it after them! So you have to pick you battles! Denny puts in HUGE $ TO Sioux Falls for his tax break he gets from the state… However… Remember several months ago when he donated a LG amount $ to a zoo in CA?? Ppl here were very bent out of shape over it! Pick your battles and don’t cut your own communities throat in the process!

#2 scott on 11.18.19 at 8:32 pm

if t-denty wants to die broke, good for him. give him give his money to whoever he wants under his own name, but not sanford health. your tax dollars, via medicare and medicaid, are going to pay for such things as $2,000,000 to each school in the summit league to grease the wheels for augie to go d-1 and a mixed martial arts team. will their families sue sanford in 20 years for contributing to the fighters cte? my insurance company was charged $1000 for a 10 minute office visit and a cortisone shot in my wrist. that is something that can’t be blamed on obamacare, but rather kelby krabbenhoft’s ego.

#3 jakc on 11.19.19 at 1:53 pm

Sanford is an 83 year-old man who is worth 2+ billion dollars but wants to die broke.

There shouldn’t be a need for me to say anything more

#4 A creature from the "Chernobyl Ramp" on 11.19.19 at 8:52 pm

But is he going to die broke, when his annual return from his 2 billion is probably between 100 to 200 million a year? Plus, his annual take from current successful business adventures would add to that 100 to 200 million.

#5 HEINEKEN. I USED TO BE ON IT. on 11.20.19 at 6:30 pm

How can an organization and some of its members not be under investigation or indictment, when $20 million worth of fraud is involved?

If you steal $200 from your employer, then you go to jail, but if you take $20 million from consumers, then it’s just a fine, I guess.

( – and Woodstock adds: “Haven’t you heard?”……”It’s probably because nowadays everyone’s on meth around here.”)