Scott Panel Cannot Compare Florida Hospitals

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A panel appointed by Gov. Rick Scott says it couldn’t determine whether Florida’s public hospitals provide better or worse care than private ones.

Scott, who once headed the nation’s largest for-profit hospital chain, created the seven-member Commission on Review of Taxpayer Funded Hospital Districts last March.

He asked the panel to determine if it’s in the public’s best interest to continue having government-operated hospitals.

The commission recommended a number of changes in a report submitted Tuesday to Scott and the Legislature.

But it stopped short of calling for an end to public hospitals.

A key proposal is that voters should be given a chance every eight to 12 years to determine if local hospital districts should continue receiving taxpayer funds.

A spokesman said Scott was reviewing the report.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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