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6:30 am
Mon May 13, 2013

The Sunshine Economy: Health Care

Special correspondent Tom Hudson will host a weekly series on The Sunshine Economy, a fresh take on the key industries driving growth across South Florida.
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Click the play button above and listen to WLRN's hour-long special, "The Sunshine Economy: Health Care," with host Tom Hudson. The episode is part of an ongoing series examining key industries of the South Florida economy. Shows air Mondays at 9:00 a.m. on 91.3 FM.

HEALTH CARE

From world famous beaches to international trade flows, South Florida has become one of the world's most vibrant and diverse economies.

Through a series of one-hour radio programs, special correspondent Tom Hudson will host a weekly series on Mondays in May and June exploring The Sunshine Economy, a fresh take on the key industries driving growth across South Florida.

Topic & Guests: Spending on health care shows few signs of slowing. Because of its retiree population, South Florida is a distinctive environment for the health care industry.

We talk with the CEOs of two hospital groups, Brian Keeley of Baptist Health and Steve Sonenreich of Mt. Sinai, about the overall demand for health services.

The Miami Herald reported recently on the wide price differences among hospitals for the same procedures. How is pricing set and what explains the differences. Herald reporter Daniel Chang joins us.

Meantime, the health insurance market is undergoing significant changes along with the health care delivery system. We speak with the CEO of Florida Blue, Pat Geraghty, about the dynamics of the Florida insurance market and future reforms under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

Medical device maker MAKO Surgical is among the most advanced manufacturers in the South Florida region. We talk with MAKO's CEO Maurice Ferre about the local workforce and what demand for MAKO’s products tell us about health care trends across the country.

Finally, we hear from those on the front lines -- nurses, who will share their experiences and concerns about the profession and the health care industry.

  The Sunshine Economy series is sponsored by Kaufman Rossin and Companyone of Florida's largest independent accounting firms.

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