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Dougherty leaders consider plan to reduce inmate medical costs

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Col. John Ostrander, Dougherty County Jail Col. John Ostrander, Dougherty County Jail
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Col. John Ostrander, Dougherty County Jail, speaking with County Commissioners during Monday's work session in the Government Center in downtown Albany Col. John Ostrander, Dougherty County Jail, speaking with County Commissioners during Monday's work session in the Government Center in downtown Albany
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Dougherty County could soon pay less for medical care for jail inmates. 

Monday, County commissioners heard about a health plan used by the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia that offers discounted rates for medical services.

The Blue Cross/Blue Shield plan would negotiate costs for inmates in need of specialized care.  Consultants say it has saved other Georgia counties $42.7 Million over the last five years.

"I'm not entirely convinced that there is a need for us to enter into this agreement.  On the surface it seems rather harmless to be involved.  But again, I want to make sure that we don't do anything that negatively impacts our relationship with Phoebe," said Col. John Ostrander, Dougherty County Jail.

Colonel Ostrander plans to review the proposal with the County attorney.  They hope to have a recommendation ready for commissioners by the next work session.

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