Governor Scott Has Own Plans for Hospital Funding

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 plan has come under fire from the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida, which did an analysis that showed the governor is shifting $302 million away from public and teaching hospitals while increasing payments to for-profit hospitals by nearly $100 million.

“We are disappointed to see that his proposal targets safety-net hospitals and could literally put some out of business,” said Tony Carvalho, president of the Safety Net Hospital Alliance. “We are urging the governor and his team to re-evaluate the harmful impacts of this proposed redistribution.”

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