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tragedy 2 years, 4 months ago on Hospital Authority should bid

I am grateful to Dr. Stubbs for his courageous and beautifully articulated editorial. A free market economy is the hallmark upon which our great country was built, and a return to this model is what our country desperately needs. When citizens in the private sector own and operate businesses, they are driven to operate more efficiently and cheaply because their very survival in a free market system requires it. A free market system encourages innovation and more prudent decision-making. If Phoebe continues to operate as a monopoly, our community is faced with a terminally ill and fatally flawed health care system. Albany will be left with a very high cost operation that will inevitably offer lower quality care at a much higher cost. As an insider at Merck, I can state that the higher than national average health care costs played a critical role in the decision to close the Flint River plant. The cost of employing high salary workers with higher than average health care costs was a key ingredient in the cost benefit analysis. In the end even a global corporation such as Merck realized the cost of operating in Albany was simply too high. Our community is in desperate need of a return to freedom of speech and healthy debate! Due to the throat hold Phoebe has on community members…..either someone or a family member works at Phoebe or one of us will eventually require medical care ourselves…our community appears to be held hostage by Phoebe. At a recent conference at the Hilton Garden Inn, a panel from the Terry College School of Business at UGA stated that Georgia fell behind the nation in terms of growth and sustainability. Furthermore, it was stated that Albany falls behind in the state in terms of turnaround and growth. Our community appears to be asleep at the wheel. It is tragic to witness the decline of a once thriving community. Perhaps as earlier stated, Dr. Stubbs should take his passionate call to arms nationally. His thoughtful and concerned opinion appears to be lost on a community that simply could care less. It is highly disappointing that his medical colleagues, who are also highly educated and tuned into what is happening, have chosen to remain silent. This silence alone should speak volumes of the fear people have of Phoebe. The silence is deafening

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tragedy 2 years, 4 months ago on Hospital Authority should bid

I am grateful to Dr. Stubbs for his courageous and beautifully articulated editorial. A free market economy is the hallmark upon which our great country was built, and a return to this model is what our country desperately needs. When citizens in the private sector own and operate businesses, they are driven to operate more efficiently and cheaply because their very survival in a free market system requires it. A free market system encourages innovation and more prudent decision-making. If Phoebe continues to operate as a monopoly, our community is faced with a terminally ill and fatally flawed health care system. Albany will be left with a very high cost operation that will inevitably offer lower quality care at a much higher cost.

As an insider at Merck, I can state that the higher than national average health care costs played a critical role in the decision to close the Flint River plant. The cost of employing high salary workers with higher than average health care costs was a key ingredient in the cost benefit analysis. In the end even a global corporation such as Merck realized the cost of operating in Albany was too high.

Our community is in desperate need of a return to freedom of speech and healthy debate! Due to the throat hold Phoebe has on community members…..either someone or a family member works at Phoebe or one of us will eventually require medical care ourselves…our community appears to be held hostage by Phoebe.

At a recent conference at the Hilton Garden Inn, a panel from the Terry College School of Business at UGA stated that Georgia fell behind the nation in terms of growth and sustainability. Furthermore, it was stated that Albany falls behind in the state in terms of turnaround and growth. Our community appears to be asleep at the wheel. It is tragic to witness the decline of a once thriving community.

Perhaps as an earlier person stated, Dr. Stubbs should take his passionate call to arms nationally. His thoughtful and concerned opinion appears to be lost on a community that simply could care less. It is highly disappointing that his medical colleagues, who are also highly educated and tuned into what is happening, have chosen to remain silent. This silence alone should speak volumes of the fear people have of Phoebe. The silence is deafening.

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