Some 200 physicians in central Florida have joined the Federation of Physicians and Dentists in an effort to negate some of the growing power of the state's 40 HMOs over their practices.
The physicians don't plan to strike or to fix prices, which are illegal activities in the state, but they have two main goals in mind to promote independent physician interests, said Jack Seddon, the federation's executive director in Tallahassee. One, physicians want legislation approved to enable them to negotiate with HMOs through an independent third party. Two, they want the union to be that third party.
There are 23,000 physicians in Florida, but only 800 belong to the union.