Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed an executive order that created a commission to consider whether government-run hospitals in the state are in the best interest of taxpayers and also to recommend a new model for Florida's healthcare safety net, according to a news release from Scott's office.
Scott also ordered the commission to review sale and lease proposals of public hospitals. Scott, the former head of the company now known as HCA, named eight commission members who must submit a report with their findings by Jan. 1, 2012. He set the commission to expire no later than March 1, 2012, unless extended at his discretion as governor.