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June 12, 2006 

Albany --  Dougherty County Commissioners want to spend taxpayers money to find out if health care costs in southwest Georgia are higher than other parts of the country.

Dougherty County's largest industries, P&G, Miller, and Cooper Tire, have long said they pay much more for employee health care in Albany than at their other plants.

The big three even started a coalition with other businesses owners to find out why the costs are higher and what needs to be done to bring them down. But Phoebe Putney says health care cost aren't out of line for the region.

Today, county commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard suggested hiring an unbiased consultant to study health care. "We want to make sure that we've at least made an attempt to boil down all this information. So we can adjust as a community, both as health care providers as well as the manufactures, to whatever the facts actually are."  

Monday, Albany Mayor Willie Adams said he thinks getting an unbiased review is a good idea, and he plans take the issue to city commissioners Tuesday.

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