Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

They're Not Affected

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

They're Not Affected

Article excerpt

Regarding the June 5 Perspectives commentary "Let UPMC and Highmark Argue It Out" by Steve Pociask and Joseph P. Fuhr Jr.:

As a former Highmark subscriber, current UPMC Medicare subscriber and patient, I would like to bring one specific issue up to the gentlemen who wrote the above noted article: You do not live in Western Pennsylvania and are not affected by this issue. You both live and work either in Washington, D.C., or Eastern Pennsylvania. Yes, you may have multiple graduate degrees, etc., and much experience, but you are not directly affected by this issue.

Highmark has more than 3 million Western Pennsylvania subscribers (both employer contracts and direct pay subscribers) who may be denied access to UPMC hospitals and staff. They are being treated as collateral damage by UPMC due to this possible lack of a contract. UPMC has the best hospitals, doctors and staff, but its senior management and board of directors leave a lot to be desired. …

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