BRADENTON, Fla. — Government-owned hospitals in Florida will come under scrutiny by a panel appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to review whether they are in the best interest of taxpayers.
The commission will also review the structure of legislatively created health care districts, many of which issue bonds. There are 57 active districts providing some sort of health care that have bonding authority. Some 30 hospitals have various forms of county, district, or municipal ownership. Most of them can levy property taxes and some receive revenue from a local sales tax.