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Florida's well being care disaster gained't be solved by divisive tradition wars – Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Sarasota Memorial Hospital deserves reward for its transfer to rent scores of medical staffers from the Philippines, together with 50 nurses, between now and early 2023.

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Sarasota Memorial’s leaders can clearly see that our group, like many others round Florida, is feeling the ripple results of America’s scarcity of certified nurses and different well being care employees – and so they’re proactively working to deal with it.

However the mere incontrovertible fact that Sarasota County’s largest employer is actively recruiting overseas medical professionals to spice up its personnel ranges exhibits – but once more – why well being care needs to be a distinguished challenge within the November gubernatorial contest between Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and his Democratic challenger, Charlie Crist.

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That makes it much more galling that due to our state’s seemingly limitless loop of culturewar debates and stunts – the newest being DeSantis’ utterly dehumanizing decision to use taxpayer money to fly two planeloads of migrants to Martha’s Winery underneath clearly suspicious pretenses – Florida’s well being care challenges are unlikely to obtain the main focus they deserve in the course of the governor’s race.

And make no mistake, the ominous well being care clouds aren’t drifting away:

• In keeping with an October 2021 report by the Florida Well being Care Affiliation, the hole is so nice between the rising numbers of older Floridians who require care and dwindling numbers of employees capable of present it that “Florida sits not at a crossroads, however at a junction” in fixing this disaster.

Sarasota Memorial Hospital maintained its ranking among America’s 50 best hospitals as compiled annually by U.S. News & World Report for its 2022-23 Best Hospitals list. This year the hospital ranked among the top 50 in two specialties – rehabilitation and urology care.

• In its “2022 Scorecard on State Health System Performance,” the Commonwealth Fund – an impartial basis that ranks every state based mostly on quite a few health-related classes – rated Florida a mediocre thirty sixth among the many 50 states and the District of Columbia.

• In keeping with the United Well being Basis’s 2021  “America’s Health Rankings” report, which was launched final December, Florida ranked a woeful forty seventh within the nation in offering entry to well being take care of its uninsured residents.

These are sobering realities, and Sarasota Memorial Hospital needs to be applauded for acknowledging their gravity by transferring to herald medical professionals from outdoors the U.S.

Now it is time for the gubernatorial candidates to indicate an identical sense of urgency about well being care in our state – and to offer it correct consideration in the course of the marketing campaign’s remaining weeks.

– This editorial was written by Opinion Editor Roger Brown for the Herald-Tribune Editorial Board.

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