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As healthcare costs climb, millions using online fundraisers to pay bills

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As healthcare costs climb, millions using online fundraisers to pay bills

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As healthcare costs climb, millions using online fundraisers to pay bills

Skyrocketing healthcare prices are leading millions of people to fundraise just to stay alive. GoFundMe said a third of all the money they raised worldwide in 2017 was for medical expenses. Thousands of campaigns in Southwest Florida alone are for medical bills, and many are reaching their goals. More from WBBH and the Tampa Bay Times.

Florida Board of Health suspends health care licenses over student loan defaults

The state Board of health says about nine hundred healthcare workers were in danger of losing their license over the past two years because they were in default of their student loans. The board clarified it worked out repayment plans with most of those workers. It estimates the actual number of health care license suspensions is between 90 and 120 since November 2016. More from WFTS and Inside Higher Ed.

Florida doctors may avoid revealing past mental-health and drug-abuse issues

Before being licensed in Florida, doctors have to divulge their own medical histories to the state, including whether they have been treated for mental or substance-abuse disorders in the past five years. But that could change soon. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]

Flu season picks up across Florida

Feeling achy? Sneezy? Drippy? In short, miserable? You’re not alone. Some hospitals across South Florida reported a sharp rise in flu cases in December and others said there have been fewer, but still a rising number of cases. [Source: ]

In 2019, health care expansion is name of the game in Central Florida

It's a safe bet that many of the cranes stretching into the Central Florida sky this year belong to a health-care construction project. Health care in the region remains highly competitive, especially between Orlando Health and AdventHealth, which are growing their market shares by building freestanding emergency departments, new outpatient centers and new hospitals. [Source: ]

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› Opioid death rate plunges 41 percent in Florida county at center of epidemic
Almost three years after Palm Beach County officials set out to combat the opioid epidemic, it looks like their efforts are paying off: The State Attorney’s Office reports there were 326 opioid deaths in 2018, down from 558 in 2017. That’s a 41 percent decline.

› How Fort Myers' decades-old kidney transplant program collapsed and a Tampa hospital stepped in
Lee Health officially closed the nearly three-decade-old transplant program in south Fort Myers last month, forcing more than 60 Southwest Florida patients needing new kidneys to seek care elsewhere.

› Efforts to lure doctors to Citrus appear to be working, but county still well behind state average
After a years-long trend of stagnation or declines in the number of physicians working in Citrus County, the number of doctors moving here is increasing as local hospitals focus to attract physicians. There were 258 practicing physicians in Citrus County during 2017-2018, up from 225 in 2016-2017.

› Mental health care center for moms opens in Alachua
A new health center in Alachua is tackling the way mental health is treated for new and expecting mothers. Better Beginnings, a center helping women with mental health issues before, during and after pregnancy, opened Jan. 2, said Lauren DePaola, the center’s founder.

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