Here's what will happen if Memorial, Anthem don't make a deal

To the editor:

If Anthem and Memorial Hospital are unable to reach an agreement, this is what will actually happen: The majority of the affected residents will seek their healthcare elsewhere, where they will be in-network. This might be in Evansville, Louisville or another community. And employers will seek out a different Insurance provider, even if the benefits are not quite as great.

At this juncture, both Anthem and Memorial are at risk of losing a great deal more money than the difference between their respective offers. It is better to get a piece of the pie, then no pie at all. Neither Anthem nor Memorial Hospital are considering the customers (or patients or clients or whatever label they give us). We are the ones who pay for your poor management.

Both Anthem and Memorial Hospital have spun the same data in an attempt to support their arguments. Each is being unrealistic and neither is actually considering the true impact of their current decision.

As for me and my house, as I mentioned, we will move our primary care physician somewhere where our current insurance is accepted. We will only seek medical treatment from hospitals or urgent care centers that are in our network. However, in turn, our employers will most likely seek out other alternatives, because it does not make sense to continue with a company that is not considered "in-network" in the town in which the company operates.

So, as I mentioned, both Anthem and Memorial Hospital will lose. Oh, by the way, that will then impact the employment at Memorial Hospital across Dubois County.

—Christopher Lyons
Jasper




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