On April 30th the Coalition for Health Care Choice rallied in Market Square for a solution to the UPMC – Highmark contract situation. The two healthcare companies have stalled contract talks that could have widespread implications on the working citizens of Pittsburgh.
The coalition, which describes itself as an alliance of Community Leaders, Businesses, Health Care Providers, Unions, and Highmark Employees and Retirees in Western Pennsylvania that are dedicated to preserving the consumers’ freedom to make health care choices, took the companies to task for allowing Pittsburgh’s health care situation to come to a point where many patient/doctor relationships are going to be compromised.
They especially focused on UPMC, with many speakers accusing UPMC of complicating the process because Highmark is now in a relationship with rival West Penn Allegheny Healthcare System.
One Pittsburgh, ever vigilant against UPMC , attended in support of the Coalition for Healthcare Choice because we believe it is important that the 99% of Pittsburgh do not deserve to be caught in the business disputes of major healthcare organizations. It is especially important when one such organization is a non-profit obligated to serve the community first and foremost as UPMC is.
Here is some coverage of the event.