Application denied: Scripps Florida’s and Tenet Healthcare Corp.’s bid to erect a new 80-bed hospital along I-95 and Donald Ross Road was formally denied by the state today, stymieing political leaders’ visions for hospital anchor alongside the taxpayer-funded bioscience complex in north Palm Beach County.
In an eight-page final order signed Wednesday and issued this morning, Elizabeth Dudek, secretary of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, found that a state administrative judge’s recommendations last month were mostly factual: The region was indeed saturated with empty hospital beds; nearby Jupiter Medical Center and West Palm Hospital would suffer lost business; and consumers would likely pay more for health care if plans for a new hospital went forward. Tenet would gain more negotiating leverage with insurance companies by capturing even more than the 60 percent market share it now enjoys in northern Palm Beach County, the judge warned.
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