Rebecca Burton

Health News Florida Intern

Rebecca Burton is one of Health News Florida interns. She's up early in the morning searching for the most important health news around the state to pass on to our readers.

She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Florida International University and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in science and health communication at the University of Florida, where she also instructs an undergraduate multimedia reporting class. She is currently a web producer for the Gainesville Sun and reporting intern for UF & Shands news and communications. While she lived in Miami, she interned at the Miami Herald where she covered health and local stories. Rebecca also keeps a weekly science and health blog called Layman’s Terms Media. 

Continuing its pressure on the hospital system to make the pricing structure more sensible, the Obama administration on Monday released data on charges for outpatient care. They showed Floridians are charged nowhere near the same amount for similar procedures, depending on their choice of hospital outpatient site.

The data release for 30 common outpatient procedures showed, for example:

Thirty-seven percent of Florida hospitals have received an “A” grade from the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization that grades participating hospitals on their efforts to prevent medical errors, putting the Sunshine State in 10th place.