March 24, 2011- Gov. Rick Scott, who made millions running a private hospital company, took aim Wednesday at Florida's public hospitals.
The Republican governor, a political newcomer elected in November, signed an executive order creating the seven-member Commission on Review of Taxpayer Funded Hospital Districts to determine if it's in the public's best interest to continue having government-operated hospitals.
The order says many taxing authorities in Florida and other states have sold or leased hospitals to private interests and that those facilities have thrived "while continuing to serve the poor at consistent levels and returning millions of dollars to the taxpayers."
Florida has 30 active public hospital districts.
Scott has given the commission until Jan. 1, 2012 to submit findings and recommendations to him and legislative leaders.
The governor writes in the order that he's found little correlation between uncompensated admissions and emergency room visits and the amount of money public hospitals receive from the state's Medicaid Low Income Pool to provide those services to the poor.