Pitts­burgh de­serves choice

Modern Healthcare - - OPINIONS EDITORIALS -

West Penn Al­legheny Health Sys­tem at one time was one of the prom­i­nent health­care providers in Pitts­burgh (Jan. 28, p. 18). As a new health sys­tem emerged (Univer­sity of Pitts­burgh Med­i­cal Cen­ter) and mo­nop­o­lized the city, WPAHS was smoth­ered by the preda­tory tac­tics used to gain mar­ket share. As a health­care ex­ec­u­tive work­ing in the city and watch­ing what was hap­pen­ing, I was dis­gusted to see how UPMC could mo­nop­o­lize and ma­nip­u­late the health­care de­liv­ery sys­tem.

One dom­i­nant sys­tem can­not pro­vide the ser­vices needed for a city of that size and at times overbed­ded in du­pli­cated ser­vices. Both sys­tems have ex­cel­lent ser­vices and physi­cians, and pa­tients should have a choice of where they want to re­ceive their care. High­mark is do­ing the right thing by at­tempt­ing to bail out a fail­ing sys­tem. West Penn Al­legheny needs to re­main in the land­scape of pro­vid­ing ex­cel­lent care to the ci­ti­zens of this great city. GenoBonetti Austin,Texas

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