UPMC's silly claims appear to me to be scare tactics to try to convince folks to abandon the health insurance plans they have used and trusted for years (and which just might be dictated by their place of employment) in favor of the UPMC health plans. With all their number crunching, I wonder if UPMC has compiled (or will admit to compiling) data that will show just which health insurance plans have been presented at the various UPMC hospitals and doctors' practices. How strong has a Highmark presence been in the very clients who rely on UPMC facilities?
The idea that 41,000 patients are going to be lost will only be the result of UPMC driving these patients away by denying them care. I have not seen geography mentioned in the arguments and articles I've read, but proximity to health care plays a tremendous role in where folks go. Having lived in the East End for all the years I've been in Pittsburgh, Shadyside and St. Margaret's have been the hospitals of choice. Allegheny General is simply too darned far and even West Penn is inconvenient.
Now that I live in Swissvale, UPMC Braddock would have been the closest, but UPMC, in its infinite wisdom, tore it down and built a big, fancy hospital out in Monroeville to compete with a hospital that was already there!
The posturing of UPMC's ads is obnoxious. The quality of UPMC's medical care has never been in question. Are these ads supposed to be a smokescreen to deflect attention from the true issue, the politics of the situation?
These bully tactics by this 300-pound gorilla are clearly an attempt to monopolize the entire health care situation in Pittsburgh and wherever else UPMC's sticky fingers reach. UPMC needs to stop all this foolishness and simply get on with the business of providing health care to those who seek it from UPMC, regardless of a person's type of medical insurance.
UPMC has done a very good job of destroying its credibility.