A panel appointed by Governor Rick Scott will be conducting investigation of the government owned hospitals in Florida. Scott has appointed eight members in the commission. The commission will analyze whether the hospitals are working in the best interest of taxpayers or not. It will also investigate the taxing authority of districts.
The commission will also recommend a cost-effective and efficient model to the hospitals in Florida so that they can provide proper health care facilities to the patients.
The investigation aims at providing access to care for the general population. It will also review why there are significant variations in Medicare and Medicaid rates, and will ensure predictable costs to taxpayers.
Rick Scott said that he is sure about the fact that the new commission will protect Florida taxpayers. The guidance of the commission would help the hospitals in providing a high-quality health care system to the citizens.
The commission will also review the structure of legislatively created health care districts, many of which issue bonds. There are 57 active districts providing some sort of health care that have bonding authority. Around 30 hospitals have various forms of county, district, or municipal ownership. Majority of them can charge property taxes and some receive revenue from a local sales tax.