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Palmyra offers county reduced rate for healthcare

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

October 7, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The CEO of Palmyra Medical Center says he offered a deal to serve Dougherty County employees that beats Phoebe Putney's. The Dougherty County Commission will hear a recommendation from County Administrator Richard Crowdis Monday about next year's healthcare contract for county employees.

We don't know what that recommendation will be, but Palmyra CEO Bud Wethington says he offered the county 40% off all charges. Earlier this year, Phoebe offered 30% off if the county entered into an exclusive contract.

Right now, the county gets an 18% reduction in a non-exclusive contract. Wethington says his offer is better than Phoebe's.  Plus, he says his hospital pays a half million dollars a year in property taxes while Phoebe is tax-exempt.

Wethington said, "I think we deserve to have a place at the table because we are the only healthcare provider in town who pays taxes, so we believe we need to have a place to help offer services to the people who live here."

In July, Palmyra filed a lawsuit accusing Phoebe of being a monopoly and of trying to coerce employers and insurance companies into exclusive contracts.

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