I am writing in response to Bill Toland's March 8 article "Medical Ethics Focus of Insurance Dispute Between UPMC and Highmark." I'd say lack of medical ethics. I am a practicing registered nurse and nurse practitioner student, absolutely appalled by the lack of medical ethics between these two giants.
As stated in the Principles of Medical Ethics developed by the American Medical Association, "a physician shall be dedicated to providing competent medical care, with compassion and respect for human dignity and rights." Where is the respect for human dignity and rights if patients cannot choose the providers/medical facilities that they want?
When you have UPMC controlling the health care market and Highmark controlling the health insurance market, why can't we all just get along to provide the best care possible for our patients? Instead, we push ethics aside and dictate that patients are unable to use their own money to pay providers they trust for medical care due to their insurance carrier. It is a disservice to the community.