Gov. Scott doesn’t see the need for massive Dept. of Health reorganization

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Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday he doesn’t see the need for a massive Department of Health reorganization that’s being pushed in the House by Rep. Matt Hudson, R-Naples, reports the News Service of Florida. The measure would transfer many of the duties of the Department of Health to local health departments, along with block grants to pay for the shift in services. Scott cautioned that he hasn’t had time to study the bill yet, but didn’t sound enthusiastic – because from what he’s heard, it doesn’t make sense to him. “I’m trying to figure out what it does,” Scott said. “Does it improve quality? Does it reduce costs? Does it improve service? If it doesn’t ….. do something that’s going to make the lives of Florida citizens better, why would we think about doing that? I haven’t seen anything … in the bill that does any of those things.”

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