Stanford Hospital, union spar over healthcare initiative

The Stanford Daily

October 10, 2018

Debate over Measure F, a Palo Alto ballot initiative that aims to curb healthcare costs in the city, has intensified as the November election approaches.

The measure would give the city of Palo Alto the authority to mandate that hospitals and other medical service providers reimburse patients and insurance companies who are charged more than 15 percent above the industry-established cost of the services provided.

Sponsored by the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW) — the union that represents over 1800 healthcare workers at the Stanford University Medical Center — Measure F collected over 3500 signatures of support in a petition submitted to the City of Palo Alto in May. It only needed 2407 to qualify.

Potential impacts on quality of care

Stanford publicly expressed opposition to the measure, positing that it threatens “Stanford Health Care’s ability to provide top-quality health care to patients from Palo Alto and across the region,” according to a statement published in Stanford News.