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Posted on Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 5:58 a.m.

Top 10: Michigan's health care executives, ranked by pay

By Paula Gardner

Health care spending remains a pressing national issue even as Michigan sees multiple expansions and upgrades of its destination facilities. Among them: The new C.S. Mott Children's Hospital at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

The industry has become Michigan's largest employer, with more than a half-million people employed in the sector.

But what does it take to attract talent to CEO positions?

The Detroit Free Press recently compiled a list of Michigan's top 10 health care executives by pay.

Dr. Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, CEO of the UMHS, is on it. So is Philip Incarnati, a former regent at Eastern Michigan University.

Read the list.


say it plain

Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 4:52 p.m.

The links in the article still don't work...grr... Please, when there is a story as fascinating as this, do your readers a little favor and *sample* it some, like tell us how the top earner got over *$5,000,000* in salary for a year's "administering" (is that what they do?! Or are they like global company CEOs? I guess @BasicBob must be right, because salaries like that must, in our allegedly "free market" system winkwink come from *performance*, so they've got to be serving the shareholders, right?!), gradually decreasing from that sum on down the list til we reach our own Dr. Pescovitz, who wins, I mean earns ;-), a mere million and change.... Wow... If you'd given a hint in the actual text, we could better appreciate @BhavanaJagat's word-play about "stinking rich" and "sickeningly rich" :-)

Basic Bob

Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 4:14 p.m.

How do these individuals contribute to our health care? Do they increase the availability of good health care to the community? Make it more efficient, more effective? Do they make our doctors and nurses happier at work? No, their primary goal is to make sure that the money keeps rolling in, in ever-increasing volumes. Certainly their employees benefit, but at what price to the community? Health care is the next Wall Street. Employers can't afford it, employees can't afford it, certainly the poor and the elderly can't.


Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 3:45 p.m.

Stinkingly Rich vs Sickeningly Rich : A person get stinkingly rich. This story describes the connection between sickness and richness. If there are enough sick people, some get stinkingly rich. Will they ever get sick because of being stinkingly rich?

Ron Granger

Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 2:49 p.m.

$2.75 million for the head of Blue Cross - a NON PROFIT that keeps jacking rates through the roof.


Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 1:28 p.m.

We are entirely Bush League. Dr. Ora Hirsch Pescovitz at UM is only making $1.03 million. The big boss at McLaren Health Care in Flint is making $5.5 million. Thank God for privatization.


Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 11:45 a.m.

Mike Duggan makes 2.5 million a year? LOL Theres hope for us all. Thanks Cash.

Alan Goldsmith

Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 10:42 a.m.

Thanks to the Detroit Free Press for their investigative reporting.


Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 10:13 a.m.

Here's the correct link. And gosh, could this have ANYTHING to do with the rise in our health insurance premiums annually? <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>

Paula Gardner

Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 1:09 p.m.

Thanks for posting this link - I've replaced the previous ones in the story, too. They got me to it last night:)