While Enabling Pain Clinics, Rick Scott's Team Proposes Eliminating Funding for Real Clinics

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While it may be exaggeration to say he wants Florida's "pill mills" to stay open, Rick Scott has smacked down a whole bunch of rules that would regulate and monitor their activity. First he announced a freeze on new rules that would help the state crack down on fly-by-night clinics, then he disbanded the Office of Drug Control, and finally he came out in opposition to a new publicly-funded prescription monitoring system that would prevent doctor shopping.

Now a whole different type of clinic -- which provides essential medical services to some of Florida's poorest individuals -- faces possible extinction under
budget cuts proposed by Scott's office.

The state provides funding for public health clinics across the state, including seven in Palm Beach County, designed to provide critical care while easing the strain on emergency rooms from people who are uninsured, homeless, or without a primary care doctor. We have a call out to Broward Health to see how their clinics would be affected.

Emergency rooms are already stressed by an influx of people without health insurance. The new federal health care bill's insurance coverage mandate could relieve some of that strain by requiring people to buy insurance, but a Florida judge recently found the mandate unconstitutional. So public health clinics, serving an important function, are left scrambling to find alternative sources of funding.

Scott's team says the proposed cuts are part of an advisory document, and don't necessarily reflect the governor's intended actions.

According to Scripps Treasure Coast newspapers, county health department clinics serve around 60,000 people a year. The clinics also receive federal Medicaid funding. Scott's team is proposing converting the clinics to a nonprofit, privately run model.


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DJ Kuul A
DJ Kuul A

Gotta love an article that begins with "While it may be exaggeration to say. . ." At least he's honest.

From the looks of things, so is Pam Bondi. Hopefully this "advisory document" won't get in her way.

Randi Krotch
Randi Krotch

Come on.... Like what do you expect from from pro-business politicians who view the sick and suffering as a means to generate huge profits?

lillianquon
lillianquon

I would recommend this health insurance plan i found through wise health insurance to anyone with a growing family who is looking to minimize their medical expenses.

lazlodelarental
lazlodelarental

But where does the money come out for Gov Scott? I thought this genius was finished with ripping off federal programs and stepped up for the big one - total looting of one of largest states in the union.

Come on, Rick! Show us the proceeds!

passei
passei

While I fight Scott on his PDMP repeal the media should not make up stuff either.Scott has done nothing to impede the rules and regulations for Pain Clinics in fact he made it clear that he would not enforce his freeze on those rules and he has honored that position.The rules were delayed by the legislators when in November they vetoed a bill Crist signed and in doing so put the rules on hold until March when the could approve them.My group was in absolute shock when they did what they did as we had worked hard on getting those rules in place.

Paul Sloanwww.flspmp.org

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