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Report: Lawmakers divert funds from public hospitals to for-profit and faith-based hospitals

According to The Miami Herald, Florida’s legislature has redirected millions of dollars for low-income hospital patients in South Florida to private and faith-based hospitals. The money comes from a $1 billion pool of money given to hospitals in Florida to offset the costs of taking in uninsured and low-income patients. Traditionally, the money goes predominantly to public hospital networks, such as the Jackson Health System. This year, however, HCA and faith-based Baptist Health South Florida are receiving a greater portion of the money.