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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

September 8, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty county employees will likely know by October whether they'll have to change doctors. 

The county's been negotiating an exclusive contract with Phoebe Putney Hospital, which means some employees wouldn't be able to use their current doctors. But after complaints, the county agreed to try to include Palmyra in the deal.

"The way we were looking at it before, you would have to have an on-staff Phoebe doctor. And a lot of people would have to change their doctors because they don't have a Phoebe doctor. I think people need a choice and they should have a choice," said District 6 commissioner, Jack Stone.

Palmyra filed a lawsuit against Phoebe Putney Hospital and Health System on July 3rd accusing them of anti-trust practices, including exclusive contracts.

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