Rick Scott is taking aim at public hospitals in Florida.
Former private hospital executive and current Florida governor Rick Scott recently established a commission to conduct a study into the possibility of privatizing all public hospitals in the State of Florida
. Scott, a multi-millionaire who made his fortune as chief executive of Columbia/HCA
, a large private hospital chain with a significant market presence in Florida, was previously implicated in the US's largest medicare fraud settlement involving Columbia/HCA under his leadership. Although the terms of the settlement did not charge Scott specifically with any wrongdoing, both whistleblowers
and federal officials
party to the investigation have reported that Scott was closely involved in determining the illegal business practices that led to the fraud allegations. [more inside]