Friday, May 17 2013 11:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:59:20 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:58:09 GMT
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer CoalitionMore >>
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer Coalition of Southwest Georgia.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:44:12 GMT
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months. About 2,000 workers at the Albany base will have to take up to 11 unpaid days off in the next fiscal year that startsMore >>
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:43 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:43:28 GMT
The Rat Pack came back to Albany Friday night. Sinatra and Friends performed at Doublegate Country Club to raise money for the Albany Symphony Association. The guys who play the roles of Frank Sinatra,More >>
People danced the night away to Frank Sinatra tunes.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:34:50 GMT
Albany trauma specialist say most of the trauma cases they see result from car crashes, and too many of those crashes are caused by distracted drivers. Now they're spreading a message in honor of TraumaMore >>
Albany trauma specialist say most of the trauma cases they see result from car crashes, and too many of those crashes are caused by distracted drivers. Now they're spreading a message in honor of Trauma Awareness Month.More >>
November 15, 2007
Albany -- Albany Procter and Gamble says employee's health care costs here continue to be higher than almost all of their plants in the nation. P & G officials think the health care cost problem in Albany is getting worse and is hurting the community's economy.
Procter and Gamble officials say their latest study of employee health care costs in Albany shows the prices are increasing faster than any of their plants across the nation. CACH President Vince Falcione said "bottom line, they are growing faster here than other places we have facilities."
Procter and Gamble officials say their study shows that Albany's plant employee health care costs are 23 percent above the national average, and 31 percent above health care costs in the Southeast. Their latest study found that P & G employee health care costs in Albany were almost 62 percent higher than employee costs at their Augusta plant. Plant manager Trey Bloodworth said "it's basically a health care tax to do business in Albany, because the health care costs are so much above the national average and the average for the Southeast."
Three years ago Procter and Gamble and other large Albany manufacturers released study results saying Albany's health care costs were the highest in the nation where they did business. The Coalition for Affordable and Competitive Heallthcare believes a lack of competition in Albany hospital's is now making healthcare costs increase faster than the rest of the nation. Falcione said "bottom line, we know it's not the Doctors locally causing this, it's our hospitals."
P & G officials say their study shows that lab and test costs at hospitals are far higher than anywhere they do business. And in the end those high health care costs are keeping manufacturing businesses from coming to Albany, and could have been a factor in industry closing down. Bloodworth said "if you just look around at the number of businesses that have closed in Albany over the last ten years, and you compare that to the number of businesses that have been added, I think it's evident."
P & G officials say they have met with hospital officials and local and state government leaders about this problem, with no response.
Now they are telling the community that this is an issue that could cost more jobs in the future.
Phoebe Putney Hospital officials are waiting for results of an independent review of health care costs being done by the city and county.