ALBANY, GA (WALB) – A longtime critic of Phoebe Putney and its financial practices says this deal is bad for the people of southwest Georgia.
Dr. John Bagnato has spoken out often against what he calls Phoebe's monopoly on certain health care services. He says their claims that combining services will be good for the community are wrong.
He says the term "combining services" is just a euphemism for a monopoly, and he says that won't result in better health care.
"You're seeing a sad day for the community," said Bagnato. "You're seeing monopolization and less choice and so I mean unless you think that's a good thing then you're happy. If you think monopolization and lack of choice is a bad thing then you're not happy."
Bagnato says he and other health care workers who don't want to work for Phoebe may be forced to leave Albany.
Bagnato co-authored the Phoebe Factoids, anonymous faxes several years ago that criticized Phoebe administrators.
He started his own surgical practice after severing ties with the hospital.