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Study: Florida would save money by boosting primary care

Miami Herald, March 16, 2009

Florida legislators are expected to receive a research paper that concludes the state could save $700 million a year in healthcare costs by making sure Floridians had a place to go for primary care. More basic screenings and preventive care would keep many people out of expensive trips to the emergency room, wrote four researchers from The George Washington University. The Florida Association of Community Health Centers plans to use the study to make a case that the Legislature should double funding for public clinics next year—from $15.3 million to $31 million.