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CACH urges PPMH Board to "Do the Right Thing"

October 3, 2006

Albany-  Representatives one of Albany's biggest industries urged Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Board members to allow more competition in south Georgia in an effort to lower health care costs. 

Vince Falcione, the President of the Coalition for Affordable and Competitive Healthcare, or CACH, told board members their health care costs continue to skyrocket. CACH urged board member to reconsider their exclusivity agreements that prevent many south Georgia employees from seeking treatment anywhere other than Phoebe. Falcione also asked the hospital to allow more competition, but board members say they feel it's already a competitive market. 

"The community hospital is in a different position than so many other providers, as a community hospital we have to serve the indigents so what we have, we have a much higher cost capacity issue where we're running 24 hours a day, running an emergency center trying to compete with some who are running, maybe a lab operation," said John Phillips, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Board Chairman. 

The Albany-Dougherty Chamber of Commerce, City and County are accepting bids to have a third independent party review south Georgia's health care costs. Bids are due by the weeks end.

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