Today on Context Florida: Fooled again, medical records, health care and Arabic words

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Today on Context Florida:

If Gov. Rick Scott gets to deliver a fifth “State of the State Address,” Stephen Goldstein says it should be titled “Fooled You Twice, Shame on You.” For although Scott’s truths are stranger than fiction, Floridians would either be guilty of not knowing the difference — or not caring.

For about two years, the Florida Board of Medicine (BOM) has been evaluating a rule change that would simplify the fees charged by physicians for the reproduction of medical records. Chris Nuland notes that the issue attorneys have with the BOM proposal is that it eliminates a “confusing tiered pricing mechanism,” and allows all requestors, including attorneys, to be billed $1 per page – the same amount that hospitals may charge for medical records.

The causes of our health care system’s meltdown are many and they are complex, writes Marc Yacht. Those who complain that specialists work too many hours touched on one of the serious flaws in health care today: Medical care is unfair to both patients and doctors.

After participating in a forum on terrorism, former Sun-Sentinel opinion columnist Rachel Patron offers 12 Arabic words and idioms everyone should understand, including the Five Pillars of Islam, Jihad (or The Sixth Pillar) Inshallah and Hamdulallah.

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