UPMC & Highmark Go To War

PITTSBURGH (NEWSRADIO 1020 KDKA) — Pittsburgh’s two health insurance giants are going to war – and you’re in the cross hairs.

UPMC is not happy that Highmark wants to buy the West Penn Allegheny Health System, so they’re making it very hard for Highmark customers to use UPMC doctors, among other pressure tactics. What will all this mean for you when the dust settles?

KDKA AM’s Larry Richert talks to Doug Moore, a member of the Pittsburgh Association of Health Underwriters and Employee Benefits Consultant for Seubert and Associates, who has been observing what is happening and how it will affect you and the future of health care in our region.

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  • ihateupmc

    UPMC is totally and completely incompetent at providing health care and should be broken up plain and simple. The only reason you don’t see it much on the internet is because their lawyers work to scrub any negative comments that are made.

    There is a REASON why the first form you are required to sign is a statement that you will agree to arbitration before suing!!! They would get sued on a daily basis without it. They take you to their rigged arbitration where they offer you a small settlement in exchange for keeping your mouth shut about their lousy coverage. THEN if you have an emergency and need to go back (many of us in small towns have NO other choice) They will REFUSE care!!!

  • swin

    Let’s see – UPMC charges you for health insurance = INCOME.
    UPMC provides your care in their hospital = OUTGO.

    Therefore, to maximize profit (INCOME), they must minimize care (OUTGO).

    Conclusion – I don’t think I want anything to do with either their coverage or their hospitals.

    • down with the giant

      Plain and simple…. hospitals should provide health care, insurance companies should provide insurance. …. How can it not be a conflict to create your own ins company, under cut competitors prices to funnel all the people into your health system , then raise their rates down the road…… And dont even get me started with IMPACT and concussions…… talk about a scheme to funnel every youth athlete into the system…. what an insutlt to every neurologist in the tri state area that only UPMC docs can manage a concussion……$$$$$$$$$$

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