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Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 10:33am

Doctors' Meeting Will Focus on Health Reform

While about 300 Georgia physicians are gathing in Savannah this weekend, their attention will be on the national health care debate in Washington.

The Medical Association of Georgia represents about 4,000 doctors and is one of the most vocal state medical associations that have come out against Democratic plans for health reform.

M.A.G. President Todd Williamson says, the group opposes the public option and any individual or business mandate to buy health insurance.

"The main way to control costs is to make sure that the patients is involved in their medical care decisions at every point and empowering the patient to direct their medical dollars," Williamson says.

M.A.G. supports Republican ideas for health care reform.

At least four Georgia Republican Congressmen are expected to attend, including U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson.

Liberal groups protested an Isakson appearance in Atlanta on Wednesday because of his opposition to the public option.

The doctor's meeting lasts through Saturday.

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