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County employees can choose Phoebe... or Phoebe

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

June 18, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  Dougherty County employees must use a Phoebe Health Partner for all local medical treatment next year, or their insurance won't cover the visit.

In a new deal between the county and Phoebe, county employees will get a 30% discount for using Phoebe Health Partners. That's up from the 18% they get now.

But in the future, if they go outside the network in Dougherty County, they'll have to pay the complete bill on their own. Based on last year's insurance usage, the new plan would have saved the county about $600,000. 

"I understand that there's going to be some employees who are going to have to make changes, but you're trying to do the most good for the most people," says County Administrator Richard Crowdis.

Referrals to an out-of-network doctor will still be covered. Employee insurance premiums are also being raised 15% this year. Crowdis says this is the first increase in three years and would have been higher if they had not negotiated a discount with Phoebe.

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