WPAHS makes antitrust charges against UPMC and the Blues - page 2

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  1. by   oramar
    Quote from Honnte et Srieux
    WPAHS is a dismal failure at understanding the dynamics of the Western PA health market. If they understood the market, they wouldn't be sitting around in a pity-circle trying to figure out why the don't matter anymore.
    I really don't understand what it is AGH is accusing UPMC of doing. I can see it has something to do with money.
    Last edit by oramar on May 18, '09
  2. by   oramar
    I am an old time South Side resident, sitting here watching my community hospital go away. I have to admit, quite a few of us old timers grumble about this and that and UPMC, especially me. However, more and more I notice the main thing in the air is resignation. People just seemed resigned to their fate. Once the steel mills controlled everything and now health care giants control everything. Most grumbling is under the breath.
  3. by   K98
    Quote from oramar
    I am an old time South Side resident, sitting here watching my community hospital go away. I have to admit, quite a few of us old timers grumble about this and that and UPMC, especially me. However, more and more I notice the main thing in the air is resignation. People just seemed resigned to their fate. Once the steel mills controlled everything and now health care giants control everything. Most grumbling is under the breath.
    The real grumbling will start if and when the government takes over the healthcare system. No more health care giants, just one GIANT.
  4. by   Honnte et Srieux
    Quote from oramar
    I am an old time South Side resident, sitting here watching my community hospital go away. I have to admit, quite a few of us old timers grumble about this and that and UPMC, especially me. However, more and more I notice the main thing in the air is resignation. People just seemed resigned to their fate. Once the steel mills controlled everything and now health care giants control everything. Most grumbling is under the breath.
    Well, I suppose thinking pragmatically it makes sense to blame UPMC for closing southside, but the reality is that you can't possibly know that Soutside would remain open if it were affiliated with any other hospital or tried to remain a stand-alone. And the reality is that I can't think of any good reason why the hospital should stay open; is it because Mercy, at 1.4 miles away, is too far to travel? Presby at 2 miles? Even if you decided to go with AGH (four miles) or Shadyside...how does it seem unwise to keep this concentrated cluster of hospitals open in a city with a declining population? It makes more sense to me to 'relocate' the hospital into an expanding market, which is exactly what UPMC is doing in Monroeville.

    Even WPAHS failed to keep a facility open after taking over, but even here the closure of Citizen's was blamed on UPMC, not the health system that actually took it over. I believe that if UPMC would've taken it over, that hospital would not only be still open, it would have expanded services for the folks of Allegheny Valley.
  5. by   wonderbee
    UPMC has definitely got the guilded touch. Ruthlessly successful.
  6. by   Honnte et Srieux
    Quote from wonderbee
    UPMC has definitely got the guilded touch. Ruthlessly successful.
    No doubt.

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