Zuckerberg Hospital Doesn’t Want to Be Friends With Local Insurers

Today’s News Roundup will focus on a single story: what’s going on with the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital?

(Yes, that Zuckerberg.)

We’ll start with Sarah Kliff’s in-depth report at Vox: A $20,243 bike crash: Zuckerberg hospital’s aggressive tactics leave patients with big bills:

Zuckerberg San Francisco General (ZSFG), recently renamed for the Facebook founder after he donated $75 million, is the largest public hospital in San Francisco and the city’s only top-tier trauma center. But it doesn’t participate in the networks of any private health insurers — a surprise patients like [Nina Dang] learn after assuming their coverage includes a trip to a large public ER.

I’d suggest reading Kliff’s Twitter thread on the topic, if you want even more information:

The thread includes “It got to the point where I could tell the bill was from ZSFG before I saw the hospital’s name. That’s how abnormal their practices are.” It also includes some suggestions on how the federal government could prevent situations like this from happening (though we have to get the federal government back online first).

Make sure you also read Kliff’s follow-up to her story:

It’s important to note that Mark Zuckerberg is not the person responsible for keeping ZSFG out of health insurance networks — like, he only donated some money, he’s not in charge here.

Still, it’s one more grody thing associated with his name and brand — which has become so unsavory as of late that San Francisco supervisor Aaron Peskin is trying to get Zuckerberg’s name removed from the hospital. As The Guardian reports:

“Given the continued scandals that Facebook has been involved in, including the most recent horrendous corporate behavior around engaging in an antisemitic fashion with George Soros, it is unbecoming to have Mark Zuckerberg’s name on the hospital,” Peskin told the Guardian by phone.

I’d argue that it’s unbecoming to have the whole hospital situation, but hey, one fix at a time.

Photo credit: Travis Wise, CC BY 2.0.

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