Rick Scott Plan Moves Millions From Public Hospitals to For-Profit Facilities

From the Lakeland Ledger‘s Skylar Swisher, 06/01/2015:

Gov. Rick Scott has submitted a plan to the federal government that would shift federal money to treat uninsured patients from public, safety-net providers to for-profit hospitals.

The state’s largest safety-net and teaching hospitals stand to take massive cuts, according to the Safety Net Hospital Alliance’s analysis. Losses would total $84.7 million for Jackson Memorial Hospital, $37.1 million for UF Health Jacksonville, $36 million for UF Health Gainesville and $32.6 million for Tampa General Hospital.

“I look at this as no different than anyplace else where we spend taxpayer dollars,” Scott, a former health care executive, told the panel during its first meeting. “We’ve got to get a return on those dollars.”

Keep in mind Gov. Scott is very familiar with the for-profit hospital industry.

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