Health care change: A public forum on how to pay for medical care

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Every Pittsburgher knows that the health care landscape is changing. With the looming separation of UPMC health facilities from most Highmark insurance customers at the end of this year, people in Western Pennsylvania who gave little thought to whether their doctor was covered by their health plan will have to ponder some difficult questions.

It all comes down to how we — as a region and a nation — will pay for health care. Do large, nonprofit medical providers owe all holders of legitimate insurance policies equal access? Or is the public better off with competing hospital systems that can decide which insurance customers are welcome and which are not?

“Rethinking the Way We Pay for Health Care,” sponsored by the Post-Gazette and Highmark on April 28, at 6 p.m., at the Heinz History Center, will present the views of a distinguished panel: Susan Dentzer, senior health policy adviser at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Drew Harris, program director for health policy at the Jefferson School of Population Health; Cheryl Damberg, principal senior researcher at RAND; and Christopher Flavelle, editorial writer on health care at Bloomberg View. Highmark CEO William Winkenwerder will introduce the event and Post-Gazette Executive Editor David Shribman will moderate. 

Admission is free, but attendees should reserve a seat online or by calling 412-263-3850.

Good health is everyone’s most precious possession. The key is knowing how to keep it and how to pay for it.

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