Sarasota journalist uncovers hospital privatization plot

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There’s a push to privatize Sarasota’s only public hospital. A political action committee tied to hospital giant Healthcare Corporation of America, or HCA, is reportedly trying to buy support for privatization from candidates running for the hospital’s board. If the efforts are successful, it could mean a reduction in care for expensive services like maternity, prisoner and indigent care.

HCA came under fire this spring after the Tampa Bay Times reported bills for some accident victims treated at HCA trauma centers were much higher than they would be at non-HCA trauma centers.

WMNF interviewed Susan Nilon with WSRQ radio in Sarasota who has been following the story.