Privatizing public health in Florida
In an attempt to reduce government spending, Florida Governor Rick Scott is standing behind proposals to reduce spending in the public health sector and privatize the costs.
Mon, Apr 04, 2011 at 8:18 AM
The Florida state government is in deliberation about whether or not to privatize and outsource its public health programs.
In response to HB 5311 which is now Ch. 2010-161, Laws of Florida, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) ran a comprehensive evaluation
of its programs and then submitted "a report of its evaluation and justification review findings and recommendations." Most of the recommendations provided were a request to cut, privatize, or outsource many health programs.
Among them is the Environmental Laboratory Certification, which is needed to certify labs for testing. In the water world, it is necessary to prove a lab can test for compliance with the Clean Water Act. If the government does not provide the inspectors for free, then labs will have to pay for a private company to inspect then get national inspectors from North Carolina or Texas to officially certify the lab. This makes the inspection price tag increase to about $20,000 per lab per year.
Gov. Rick Scott says he wants to run the state like a business
and make cuts without losing state employees, but this isn't possible. By pushing costs from the government to businesses, Scott is going to end up shutting down small labs that cannot afford to pay that hefty price. The vitally important South West Florida Management District
and Tampa Bay Water
are among those who are preparing for impact.
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