Local medical society has concerns about WMC and Banner Health affiliation

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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Though nothing has been finalized yet, Natrona County Medical Society members have questions and concerns they would like answered.

The NCMS is made up of more than 50 local medical professionals. Members have had questions about Wyoming Medical Center's potential partnership with Banner Health since the letter of intent was announced.

"We did send out a survey to our membership and based on those return surveys, we had about 100 percent of the society had questions or concerns about the merger and 96 percent of them were willing to participate in a town hall," said NCMS President, Matt Mitchell.

Mitchell said some of the concerns the medical society has with a merger is the loss of competition in the area, which can lead to an increase in prices and, that a large company not based here, will change how the care is being done.

"Most of the practices in town here, they're small, they've been here for 40 or 50 years and now you have a large entity coming in that has a lot of financial resources. I think there's concerns how that would potentially change, having a large entity that's not based here in Casper, come in and change how the care is being done," said Mitchell.

Mitchell said the medical society is not taking a position in favor or against a potential merger, they would just like a town hall with WMC where local physicians and the public can have their questions answered.

WMC's spokeswoman Kristy Bleizeffer said they are still in a quiet period of due diligence, which means they're still exploring the specific terms of a partnership. She said in person meetings and open forums will be scheduled when it's safe and the quiet period is complete.