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The head of the advocacy organization that represents Florida’s hospitals at the state and federal level says as COVID-19 hospitalizations reach near record lows across the state, the mental health of both residents and health care workers is becoming a major concern.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott has made health-care cost transparency a priority this year, and a Northeast Florida lawmaker is sponsoring a version of Scott’s vision.

Sen. Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island) has filed a bill would make average prices for common hospital procedures easily accessible to patients.


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Gov. Rick Scott talked Tuesday with Jacksonville residents who say they’ve been the victims of hospital price gouging.

It’s part of the governor’s push to bring down health care costs by making prices more transparent.

Florida hospital officials are calling Scott’s framing of the issue irresponsible and inaccurate.

Federal health officials are issuing audit reports and rushing to collect $267 million in alleged overpayments to some Florida hospitals to close the books on an old program, says Florida Hospital Association President Bruce Rueben.

FHA argues against a rush to judgment, saying some of the audits are still preliminary. Also, the group says, it’s unreasonable to expect hospitals to repay millions of dollars in one year.