Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Phoebe Putney Health Systems, Inc., File No. D09348 #00005

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Mark Stuckey
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Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Phoebe Putney Health Systems, Inc., File No. D09348
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I am extremely disappointed in the FTC's decision to give into Phoebe Putney Hospital in Albany and allow them to have a monopoly in this area. This is going to be devastating to health care costs in our communities. I am not a lawyer, but why in the world would you roll over and give into them? You had the Supreme Court of the United States on your side for crying out loud! You had them right where you wanted them. And then you just give up?? I am shocked to say the least. This is going to be devasting the economy in our area as well. Proctor and Gamble is one of the largest employers in the region. They have been complaining for years about the high cost of health care in this area compared to other areas of the country where they have plants and factories. Now that you have given Phoebe the monopoly on health care in this region, I predict that Phoebe will indeed raise prices and charge whatever they feel like, after all, who is going to stop them? We have no competition and would have no other alternative but to use another hospital out of town. Once that happens, I predict Proctor and Gamble will pack up and leave Albany and throw close to 2,000 people out of a job. This would devastate the economy in this region. I think this is a VERY REAL possibility and one that I predict will happen within a year of Phoebe being given free rein by the FTC. A year from now when this happens, remember this e-mail and remind yourself about that guy in Albany who predicted that would happen and he wasn't so crazy after all. In closing, I can't stress enough how disappointed I am in the FTC. I assume all of you guys are in the Atlanta area. You have Emory, Grady, Northside, Piedmont, etc.. How you like to be stuck with one big bully hospital like Phoebe who can charge whatever they want? You wouldn't like it would you. Well put yourself in our shoes for a minute. And that's what Phoebe is, a big bully who has bought out almost every hospital in the region. They get whatever they want, there is nobody that can stop them and in the end any opposition rolls over and gets out of their way. I didn't think the FTC would be one to lay down and roll over like everybody else.