Health insurance to be offered by Florida Hospital

January 13, 2013 by  

Florida Hospital in Daytona Beach, Florida recently announced that it has created a partnership with Health First Health Plans in Rockledge in order to offer health insurance plans to the public, beginning in January 2014.

According to the CEO of the Volusia/Flagler division of Florida Hospital, David Tol, what drove this partnership was the recognition that, in the future, the community would need an option for more than just sick care, which would include access to wellness and prevention. He added that fitness, health screenings, and other preventative measures would be stressed in the plan and would be of benefit to the Hospital in the current health care environment. Specialized care will be available by providers of the Hospital in Orlando in addition to its hospitals in Ormond Beach, Daytona Beach, DeLand, Orange City, and Palm Coast.

Flyer printing is most likely being used as a means to distribute the recent announcement to those in Volusia and Flagler counties, where the Hospital’s five medical centers are located, so that residents can start to consider alternatives to their current health plans.

Due to changes under healthcare reform, several hospital systems have announced they are also creating their own insurance plans. A Washington-based consulting firm, The Advisory Board, took a survey in 2011 of 100 hospital leaders and found that 20% are expected to create a plan for health insurance. Lower reimbursement rates and other changes in laws and regulations for healthcare will cause Florida Hospital to see revenues from the government reduced to $30m.

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