No room for government in UPMC’s monopoly?

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The monopoly created (oh, wait, “attempted” monopoly) by UPMC with hospitals, family doctors, chiropractors and whoever else they could manipulate in the Health Care Organizations would be illegal in any sense of the word “monopoly.”

That, along with its status as a “charity” — which means they get a break on real estate and other taxes — is an absolute “gifted” monopoly provided by our Pennsylvania government. If this were any other business, it would already have been tried and convicted.

Now, the insurance provider Highmark has had the audacity to buy some hospitals that were in financial trouble and, after Dec. 31, the UPMC monopoly will not accept Highmark health insurance customers at UPMC family practices, physician’s office, chiropractor’s office and/​or any UPMC hospitals simply because Highmark dared to buy a competitive hospital system.

This is a huge imposition to Highmark subscribers. By the way, where is our government in this?

JIM HUCKESTEIN
West Deer

 


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