Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:07 GMT
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run. Police arrested 19-year-old Darren Huntley over the weekend in Waycross. 22-year-old DominiqueMore >>
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:37 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:37:21 GMT
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce. Nursing students at Georgia Southwestern asked business students to help them prepare for their job searches. HumanMore >>
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:28 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:28:47 GMT
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do. An EF-3 tornado roared through Americus six years ago. It killed two people and destroyed Sumter Regional Hospital andMore >>
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do.More >>
July 31, 2006
Albany - The rising cost of health care affects us all. A year ago, a group of Albany industries got to gether and formed a coalition to study health care cost. They determined that Albany's are among the highest in the country. Now, elected leaders will take a closer look to see what can be done about it.
Here's a startling statistic: According to the National Coalition on Health Care, Health care spending in the United States is more than four times the amount spent on national defense, and we're in the middle of a war.
Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard says, "Right now, health care in our country is out of whack across the board. It's the number one issue in America." An issue the county, city and business community are taking on to bring prices down. Sinyard says, "We're trying to come up with some way of going about trying to interpret health care costs so that all of us are on the same page and can easily see and identify what those differences or those costs are."
They're hiring an independent consultant to study and compare health care costs to locations across the country, much like the coalition for Affordable Competitive Health care has been doing for the past year. Vince Falcione says, "The coalition is still growing numbers. We haven't impacted health care costs yet, but we feel that's going to come eventually."
And even though costs haven't changed, Falcione, President of CACH, believes the mindset of community leaders is. "I look at this as a win," he says. "I mean, this is going to help Southwest Georgia."
Sinyard says, "We're not sure that this is going to solve all the problems, but it's an attempt to help solve the problems in our community." And make health care more affordable for all.
The study will cost about $35,000. The city, county and economic development will split the cost and pay about $12,000 each.