Scott Panel Cannot Compare Florida Hospitals
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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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