UPMC surcharges

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Congrats to the PG for its coverage of UPMC’s monopolistic price-gouging. Jerome W. Silverstein’s letter highlighted a pernicious practice which gives us a glimpse of what is ahead if UPMC prevails in its anti-subscriber stance (“ ‘Facilities’ Bullying,” March 8). During the last two weeks, two of my co-workers informed me of facility charges of $150 and $200 for UPMC doctor visits.

When I was searching for a new primary care physician a couple of years ago, I had to pry the information out of the UPMC office that there would be a $100 surcharge for routine visits in addition to my copay. Obviously, I chose another doctor. The office person confessed to me that she had just been at a workshop on the “facility charge” and said she had no idea of the basis of this charge.

When I questioned a UPMC representative trying to sell UPMC’s plan to my employer in the last year about this facility charge, he pretended to have no knowledge of it.

Beware, future subscribers: When making the decision forced by UPMC’s drive for monopoly, weigh in this additional UPMC surcharge that makes a joke of your promised monthly premium and copays.

KEN KALEIDA
Beechview


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