Sarasota County forced to shut down primary care program by end of year

Sarasota County forced to shut down primary care program by end of year

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported in March that as many as 31,000 lower-income residents in Southwest Florida may lose regular health care. An estimated 30,500 uninsured or underinsured Sarasota County residents, including 13,700 children, rely on this county’s health care service each year. This could force these residents to seek medical care through the Emergency Rooms, the most expensive option for health care, resulting in increased health care services costs supported by taxpayers and adds to the domino effect of debt for the homeless or at-risk homeless families. This matter is still unresolved.