Healthcare Costs: A Real Example


A big concern for cancer patients, consumers, and anyone ever having to seek medical intervention or care is the amount we pay for it. There is a lot of “fluff” in the media today about Obamacare, Employers, Healthcare Reform, Emergency Room visits, and many other things that all are effectively working to potentially drive up the cost of care.

However, I want to point out a real life example, in  the highly competitive landscape of Pittsburgh, PA. This example is not only real, it is current, and is a microcosm of what impacts all of us, and the price we pay.

UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) operates the Arnold Palmer Cancer Center, Excela owns the property, and Highmark provides coverage for a large portion of the community.

UPMC is a provider of medical services, in this case, cancer services. It is an outpatient facility (clinic), but it bills under…

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