Health Care Giants Refuse To Talk

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the region’s largest hospital system, is refusing to renegotiate its contract with Highmark in the wake of the insurer’s landmark agreement with West Penn Allegheny Health System.

In a meeting with Allegheny County Council on Wednesday, UPMC’s W. Thomas McGough told Council members that the hospital system is looking simply for the best way to end its relationship with Highmark.

Mike Pintek speaks with Allegheny Council Vice President Chuck Martoni about his take on the health care impasse, his desire to force the two organizations to talk with one another, and the fallout for Pittsburghers worried about the future of their medical care.

Listen to Mike Pintek every weekday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA!

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  • Anonymous

    Highmark should not be aloud to buy a hospital and UPMC should not be in the insurance business.

    • Bob

      Agreed. End of story. UPMC’s only concern is that they had nearly run their only competitor – WPAHS out of business. Realizing that would be bad for healthcare competition in the area (and bad for their contract rates with UPMC), Highmark bought into WPAHS to keep them alive.

      UPMC started this by entering into the health insurance business, which is clearly a conflict of interest. Now, the same goes for Highmark and WPAHS.

  • Anonymous

    This only proves that UPMC is not concerned for patient care or patient safety but exists only as a profit making entitiy. If they truly cared for the people of Pittsburgh and how they receive healthcare it would not provides who provides payment for that care. The fact that UPMC is their own insurer guarentees that they will make money hand over fist. Mr. Romoff has said repeatedly that he intends for UPMC to be the ONLY helthcare provider in Western Pennsylvania. How is that NOT a monopoly? Is that what the people of Pittsburgh really want?

  • anonymous

    Man up! Quit acting like children and work it out instead of holding the residents of Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas hostage,.

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