Thursday, June 20 2013 12:09 AM EDT2013-06-20 04:09:02 GMT
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards. WG&L leaders say the utility is paying $20,000 dollars a monthMore >>
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:41 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:41:18 GMT
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today. Century Pines Assisted Living Center threw a party for resident Charles Walker who turned 101 today. Walker wasMore >>
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:34:54 GMT
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing. A couple of businesses are thriving there. The new art park is open, and a sidewalk improvementMore >>
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:20:33 GMT
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come. Tonight, The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board began discussionsMore >>
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:51:07 GMT
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
April 9, 2008
Albany -- Changes that could give you more health care options are now the law. Governor Perdue signed a bill Wednesday that changes certificates of need laws. Phoebe Putney says it'll only drive up health care costs in South Georgia.
And Phoebe Putney Hospital CEO Joel Wernick says he's not buying complaints from local industries about high health care costs here. He said those plant leaders have hidden agendas. And just want to confuse the public about the real cost of healthcare in Albany.
Joel Wernick says he's disappointed that other hospitals will now be able to offer the same services Phoebe offers. The law signed Wednesday abolishes Phoebe's monopoly on certain types of health care, creating competition for Phoebe which lawmakers say translates into lower health care costs.
Wernick said "if the efficiency of our center is undermined, I don't think the effect is going to be one of driving down the costs. I think it has the potential to drive up costs."
As an example, Wernick showed the Hospital's new two million dollar Espree MRI, a top of the line imaging machine in very few hospitals in the South. He said competition will not drive down the cost of cutting edge technology.
Wernick said "excess supply ultimately can drive up the cost, because the cost of very expensive technology which is not being adequately or efficiently utilized."
Wernick also fired back at Procter and Gamble and Miller Brewing officials, who Tuesday showed Dougherty County Rotarians their latest health care cost analysis. Their study shows that Albany P & G employee's health care costs are 52 percent higher than the prices paid by Augusta P & G employees.
Wernick Wednesday showed the Hospital board results of a study commissioned by the city of Albany and Dougherty County, that concludes Albany's heath cost guidelines are among the lowest in the nation. Wernick said those Industry leaders have an agenda in pushing for CON reform.
Wernick said "we are going to continue to communicate to the public, and counter those we believe have some ulterior motives in trying to undermine the communities understanding of what the true cost of healthcare is."
Wernick said the Industry leaders need to be more forthcoming about their data.
Procter and Gamble spokesperson Vince Falcione, the President of the Coalition for Affordable and Competitive Healthcare, said that their only agenda is to do what's right for the community. He said their health care data is based on what their employees actually pay for health care, not general pricing figures.