Healthcare in Florida: 10 things to know

There are approximately 19.5 million people living in Florida, making it the fourth most populous state in the country, according to the most recent census data. It is also the second most populous state in the country that hasn't expanded Medicaid and home to three of the 10 largest hospitals in the country by beds. Given the state's huge population, Florida hospitals and health systems are influential on the industry as a whole.

The following 10 facts offer some insight into healthcare delivery in The Sunshine State.

1. All total, Florida healthcare expenditures total $132.5 billion, equaling approximately $7,156 per person and roughly 6.3 percent of the United States' total healthcare expenditures.1

2. Adjusted expenses per inpatient day at Florida hospitals total about $1,963 which is less than the national average of $2,090.1

3. Roughly 41 percent of Florida residents have health insurance through their employers. Additional sources of health insurance for residents include Medicaid (14 percent), Medicare (17 percent), other private insurers (5 percent) and other public insurers (3 percent). Florida has one of the highest uninsured populations in the country with more than 3.6 million residents (19 percent) living without health insurance.1

4. The average cost of personal health spending per capita in Florida is $7,156, whereas the average cost of personal health spending per capita in the U.S. is $6,815.

5. There are about 50,031 professionally active physicians in Florida, 24,172 of whom are primary care physicians and 25,859 are specialty physicians.1

6. Florida State has 252 primary care Health Professional Shortage Area designations, the fourth most in the country.1

7. As of January 2012, there were 147 Medicare-certified rural health clinics in Florida, the ninth most in the country.1

8. There are 214 non-federal, short-term, acute-care hospitals and 54,970 staffed beds in Florida, according to the American Hospital Directory.

9. Since Florida has yet to expand Medicaid, it is home to approximately 1.3 million residents who could have qualified for Medicaid under the new threshold but are likely to remain uninsured, according to a Families USA analysis.

10. Florida is home to seven accredited medical schools:

  • Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton)
  • Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (Miami)
  • The Florida State University College of Medicine (Tallahassee)
  • University of Central Florida College of Medicine (Orlando)
  • University of Florida College of Medicine (Gainesville)
  • University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
  • USF Health Morsani College of Medicine (Tampa)


1 Kaiser State Health Facts

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