The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.

  1. Keen Eye and Quick Action Save Rochester Mom From Life-Threatening Infection

    When Heather Spaniol woke up from the first of many surgeries to rid her body of a life-threatening infection that was decimating her tissues, the gratitude she felt toward the Mayo Clinic surgeons who?d saved her life was so strong, she didn?t even register how much trauma her body had sustained. ?I think I was [...]

Expertise and rankings

  • Specialized program. For several years, Mayo Clinic has offered treatment in the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program. This program helps address increased interest in wellness-promoting activities that have not typically been part of conventional medical care.
  • Integrative approach. Mayo Clinic complementary and integrative medicine specialists work with other doctors to incorporate appropriate complementary therapies and wellness programs into the treatment plan. Mayo Clinic's program follows the principles of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine.
  • Evidence-based approach. Mayo Clinic doctors are committed to providing evidence-based care and use only the complementary and integrative therapies that have been tested for effectiveness and safety. They can provide you with information about the risks and benefits of alternative medicine treatments. Mayo researchers conduct studies to improve complementary and integrative medicine treatments.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

Learn more about appointments at Mayo Clinic.

Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

Jan. 24, 2014
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  4. Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine (CAHCIM). Accessed Sept. 20, 2013.
  5. Complementary and integrative medicine program. Mayo Clinic. Accessed Sept. 20, 2013.

Complementary and alternative medicine