Insurance premiums rise, even for doctor's group - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Insurance premiums rise, even for doctor's group

November 29, 2007

Albany-  An Albany doctors group may no longer be able to pay the full cost of health insurance for their employees, and they blame high prices at Phoebe Putney Hospital.

Annual insurance premiums for the 26 workers at Allergy and Asthma Clinics of Georgia will jump 30 percent. They say something must be done to lower the cost of health care in southwest Georgia.

The doctors at Allergy and Asthma Clinics of Georgia know a thing or two about rising health care costs, but even they were shocked to learn their own benefit premiums for 26 workers would increase 30 percent. They asked their insurance provider why?

"What's the cause for this increase, and the finger was pointed squarely at Phoebe Putney," said Alan Moree, Allergy and Asthma Clinics of Georgia Administrator.

Now they'll pay $6,600 per employee. While employee benefits are fully funded by the company that may soon change.

"We feel like we're caught in between. Our doctors are committed to providing that benefits for our employees, but the cost is becoming prohibitive at this point," said Moree.

They say a report released Wednesday by a group called Georgia Watch made them question if they're paying for Phoebe's pricing strategy and high salaries for executives.

"It just seems like we could do a better job in this community of trying to work together businesses and health care providers to bring down the cost of health care," said Moree.

They've talked with other small businesses experiencing similar problems and while they don't have a solution they say competition may help.

"To me, I'm a free market person, I think competition is good, and personally I would like to see changes in the certificate of need laws," said Moree.

Increases in the cost of drugs, supplies, and electricity, are enough to make the cost of doing business high, they say the last thing they needed was a hike in what they consider a valuable benefit for employees.

An independent study on south Georgia's health care prices is almost finished. The report commissioned by the city, county, and Department of Economic Development to look at south Georgia's high medical costs is due out next month.

Feedback: news@walb.com?subject=HighHealthCareCosts

 

 

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Valdosta man's murder conviction upheld

    Valdosta man's murder conviction upheld

    Monday, February 19 2018 8:58 AM EST2018-02-19 13:58:20 GMT
    Monday, February 19 2018 10:06 AM EST2018-02-19 15:06:54 GMT

    The Georgia Supreme Court issued a ruling Monday that upholds the 2011 conviction and life sentence for a Valdosta man.

    More >>

    The Georgia Supreme Court issued a ruling Monday that upholds the 2011 conviction and life sentence for a Valdosta man.

    More >>
  • PetSmart holds national adoption weekend for pets

    PetSmart holds national adoption weekend for pets

    Monday, February 19 2018 12:33 AM EST2018-02-19 05:33:47 GMT
    Nearly 40 animals were adopted out over the weekend at Petsmart. (Source: WALB)Nearly 40 animals were adopted out over the weekend at Petsmart. (Source: WALB)

    Dozens of animals in Southwest Georgia are curled up in new homes tonight.  That's thanks to PetSmart's National Adoption Weekend. Saturday three different Humane Societies from South Georgia brought pets looking for new homes to the Albany PetSmart. 

    More >>

    Dozens of animals in Southwest Georgia are curled up in new homes tonight.  That's thanks to PetSmart's National Adoption Weekend. Saturday three different Humane Societies from South Georgia brought pets looking for new homes to the Albany PetSmart. 

    More >>
  • Black history program honors history maker

    Black history program honors history maker

    Sunday, February 18 2018 11:55 PM EST2018-02-19 04:55:08 GMT
    Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers is the longest serving airman in U.S. history. (Source: WALB)Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers is the longest serving airman in U.S. history. (Source: WALB)

    "I'm always honored but more importantly I'm humbled that folks would honor me for doing the nation's business," said Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers. History-maker Major General Retired Alfred Flowers has been in South Georgia this weekend. 

    More >>

    "I'm always honored but more importantly I'm humbled that folks would honor me for doing the nation's business," said Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers. History-maker Major General Retired Alfred Flowers has been in South Georgia this weekend. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly