Editorial: Blue Shield Right To Seek Lower Costs From UCLA
A Los Angeles Times editorial supports Blue Shield of California's goal of cost containment that led the insurer to suspend its relationship with UCLA medical centers "in a dispute over the cost of treating patients there." According to the editorial, Blue Shield said the rates for services at certain UCLA hospitals are nearly twice as high as they were five years ago. The editorial notes, "Blue Shield is right about one thing: The health care industry is on an unsustainable path, and every segment must start focusing on cost control."
- "UCLA Medical Center Loses Its Blue Shield" (Los Angeles Times, 2/13).