Yesterday WakeMed Health & Hospitals filed a public records request with UNC Health Care and its subsidiary Rex Healthcare over concern that UNC Health Care is using taxpayer money to engage in predatory business practices that do nothing to improve health care for the people of Wake County. Instead these practices simply duplicate and shift existing services.
WakeMed continues to care for the vast majority – in excess of 80 percent – of the uninsured and medically underserved in Wake County. WakeMed receives no state or county funding other than the limited payments for services received from government-funded Medicare and Medicaid programs.
If UNC Health Care’s predatory actions continue, it may threaten WakeMed’s long-term strength and may impact our ability to uphold our mission of providing state-of-the-art care to this community.
Many media articles have been posted about this request, including today’s News & Observer.