Cuts coming to Cleveland Clinic

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Troubled times are ahead for the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic.

The health care provider wants to cut $330 million from its budget next year. Plans include offering early retirement to 3,000 employees, cuts costs across several departments and the possibility of layoffs.

Clinic officials said cuts are needed to make health care affordable to patients in 2014, when health care reform takes hold across the nation.

“I don’t’ think that sounds good at all,” said Margquerit Givens whose son is a patient at the Clinic. “People need their jobs. They need their income and need to be supportive. I think what they need to cut are the people at home who are not trying to work and are able to work.”

There are no definitive numbers on how many employees will be affected. The Cleveland Clinic is Northeast Ohio’s largest employer with nearly 42,000 workers.

The health care provider has not made overall layoffs in the past 11 years.

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