The updated agreement between UPMC and Highmark Health (“Warring Health Giants Clarify Accord,” June 25) misses the point.
UPMC refusing to take “competitors’ ” insurance is a naked move to strengthen its monopoly of health care and establish a monopoly in health insurance.
Monopolies are bad for consumers, and this monopoly is disastrous for Pittsburgh. We already have some of the highest health-care costs in the country, and if UPMC is successful in damaging Highmark, it will be free to raise insurance premiums at will.
But wait. Isn’t UPMC a public, non-profit charity? It sure isn’t acting like one.
UPMC must either be taxed and regulated like the profit-driven corporation that it is or give up its quest for complete domination of our health care system.