- Associated Press - Monday, September 22, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Local pharmacies are worried they could lose business when Hall County opens up its own clinic and pharmacy for government employees.

The Times reports (https://bit.ly/1uQ8gSO ) the board of commissioners recently changed policies to encourage workers to use the new pharmacy and clinic.

Some local doctors are not pleased. One ear, nose and throat specialist, Scott Stewart, said county officials are “undermining” those who elected them. He said the move was unwise.

County officials have approved increases in health plan deductibles, while also hiking copays for emergency room and urgent care services. But employees will not owe any copays for using the clinic.

The county has more than 3,000 people enrolled on its health care plans.

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Information from: The Times, https://www.gainesvilletimes.com

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