I was disappointed to read that Dr. William Winkenwerder is still trying to portray Highmark as some kind of "innocent" in the current contract situation with UPMC. In his July 7 Forum piece ("Highmark Stands Ready to Work With UPMC"), he claims "no charitable health care institution should be allowed to ... limit access." But, this is exactly what Highmark is doing to the patients who themselves choose to be seen at the Wexford UPMC Urgent Care where I work.
Though our specific clinic applied to be in-network with Highmark last year, we were refused. Thus, Dr. Winkenwerder's own "charitable organization" is guilty of the very same practice he professes to oppose. Highmark's business decision seems not to be in the best interest of Highmark's own subscribers, many of whom come to our clinic for care because they know we have electronic access to their complete medical records and routinely follow up with their family doctors, thus enhancing their care.
BRET ROSENBLUM, M.D.
The writer is medical director of UPMC Urgent Care, Wexford.