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Doctors question GA health clinic

Doctors in Marietta are questioning a health clinic the city proposes to open for employees and their dependents. The council will vote on the plan Wednesday.

The director of the Cobb County Medical Society believes sticking with a primary care doctor is a better plan. Joanne Thurston said she has heard from 15 to 20 doctors who have concerns about the medical office.

“I’m not going to say employees won’t get care at the clinic,” Thurston said. “But your family doctor knows you and understands when something isn’t right.”

Thurston said the management firm that will run the clinic, Care Here, has not proven the clinic option will save money. She said a nurse practitioner might refer a patient to a specialist for treatment and then the city would have to pay twice.

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