Lies and half-truths. That is what I think of the large UPMC Life Changing Medicine ad published last Monday in the Post-Gazette on Page A-3. The advertisement stated “Highmark says it wants to offer ‘affordable access’ to UPMC. But it won’t.” It should state that Highmark patients want access to UPMC hospitals and doctors, but in reality they can’t have it.
UPMC will not accept our Highmark-issued Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance — Community Blue — as in-network, out-of-network or even if we want to pay UPMC its full rates simply because it is a Highmark plan.
My family wants to continue to utilize our UPMC primary care physician’s facility; however, after Jan. 1, when our new Blue Cross Blue Shield plan kicks in, we have been told by UPMC that we will be refused treatment even though we are willing to pay out-of-network rates or pay cash. This UPMC policy has forced us to find a new primary care physician after 15 years with our current doctor.
It is UPMC that is driving Highmark patients away from its facilities. It is not Highmark that is forcing us to leave UPMC. I want the public to know that, in my opinion, UPMC is not to be believed.
UPMC is changing lives, but for the worse. And to the countless physicians who have sold out to UPMC, I ask about their pledge to “do no harm.”
JANE ALCORN, R.N.