The contract dispute between BayCare Health System and UnitedHealthcare forced 74-year-old Mike Dellmore to choose between his doctors and his insurance plan. It was a no-brainer.
"I've got certain doctors I like, and I'm not gonna lose them," the Clearwater retiree said. " I don't care. If I get sick, I'll have to go to another hospital, and there are some hospitals in the area -- and I'm not going to mention no names -- I wouldn't take my dog to."
In January, Dellmore will be insured by Florida Blue. He says the switch wasn't a terrible hassle for himself, but for many of the 400,000 others in Tampa Bay who are affected by the dispute, his wife included, it is.