UPMC charges are more public abuse.

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I am writing in response to the Jan. 9 article “Wide Gap Found in UPMC Costs, Charges,” wherein UPMC spokeswoman Wendy Zellner wrote in an email that the study “is not reflective of the actual patient experience at UPMC. Charges generally do NOT determine what hospitals are paid.”

I have two issues with that statement.

If you are the poor soul who does not have insurance or you do not have participating insurance, that statement is absolutely untrue. You can expect to be billed the total charge for services and then pray that you are able to negotiate a lesser amount that will not bankrupt you.

Why is UPMC just padding its bill if it does not expect to be paid that much? What is the purpose other than to gouge the uninsured?

Just another way the so-called nonprofit abuses the public.

CECELIA HALLIGAN
Wilkins


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