LEE CO., GA (WALB) - South Georgia Medical professionals say they believe competition brought by a proposed new hospital in Lee County will benefit patients.
Albany was the fifth least healthy city in the country, according to a new analysis of County Health Rankings and Roadmaps.
It found Albany had worse health outcomes, lower quality of life, and higher mortality rates.
We talked to almost a dozen health care professionals Wednesday.
All agreed another hospital would improve medical care in South Georgia.
Dr. Joseph Stubbs of Albany Internal Medicine said "It's been proven that health care costs are much cheaper and there is a better value to health care costs when you have competition locally. So I think this is a good thing."
Phoebe Putney Hospital Officials declined to talk with us on camera Wednesday, saying their statement from Tuesday night stands.
That statement brought up the amount of indigent care Phoebe provides for Lee Countians.
State Certificate of Need requirements say new hospitals must guarantee to provide indigent care for the community.
Tuesday night Lee County Commission Chairman Rick Muggridge told us it was too early in the process to address potential indigent care at the proposed hospital.