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How political pressure and ego trumped common sense

The latest data show health-care costs for employers are up 9 percent and that one in three Floridians under 65 have no insurance coverage. If you wonder why costs are out of control, there's a great investigative story you need to read.

Kaiser Health News and McClatchy Newspapers teamed to produce a fascinating study on how the Nemours Foundation got state permission to build a children's hospital in Orlando even though neutral health planners said there were already more beds than needed, given that there were already two children's hospitals in a city that could really only justify one.

 

Carol Gentry, founder and special correspondent of Health News Florida, has four decades of experience covering health finance and policy, with an emphasis on consumer education and protection.