UPMC and Highmark leave patients caught in the middle

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In the July 25 Post-Gazette there was a story about restaurant owner John Timko’s health care situation with UPMC and Highmark (“Highmark Subscribers Still Face a Minefield for UPMC Care”). I read it twice to make sure I understood how absurd his position was with regard to high costs and lack of access to health care.

The next day, the story continued (“Health Giants Swap Mix-Up Blame”). I read parts of the article three times and then a fourth time aloud to my wife to try to fully understand the twisted, tangled mess that is Mr. Timko’s situation.

In short, maybe he can continue to see his cardiologist, and maybe it will be out-of-network, and maybe he’ll have to pay a lot but it’s hard to say how much. Well, I have no idea how I’m going to do it, but I do know that I don’t want to be “Timko’d” by UPMC and Highmark (with apologies to Mr. Timko).


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