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Health professionals will pay lower fees for licenses

State of Florida professional organizations have adopted fee reductions for the licensing of a number of healthcare professionals. Because it was determine that it would be more efficient to streamline the processes of gaining a license in the health care industry, the Florida Board of Medicine and the Florida Board of Nursing identified excess fees and have decided it would be good to pass this cost saving on to licensees, according to a July 25 statement by the Office of Governor Rick Scott.

In the statement, Governor Rick Scott was quoted as saying, “The physicians and nurses in our state work hard to provide high quality medical care to Florida families and fee reductions will result in in $7.75 million in savings for our health professionals. These reductions highlight our commitment to making Florida the best state in the nation to live and work, will allow more Floridians to keep their hard earned money,” said Scott.

The Florida Board of Medicine will reduce the physician license renewal fee for the next biennium from $360 to $250. Doctors renewing their license in 2015 or 2106 will pay the lower fee, which might produce up to $6 million in savings that can be reinvested in Florida’s economy by practicing medical professionals. The Florida Board of Nursing reduced the initial application and initial license fee effective July 1, 2014. Applicants for initial licensure as a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse will now pay $100 instead of $165. These fee reductions will result in a cost savings to new licensees of about $1.75 million each fiscal year, according to the statement.

State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong as was quoted in the release as saying, “The Florida Department of Health appreciates Governor Rick Scott’s leadership to find ways to reduce fees for Florida businesses. I applaud the Board of Medicine’s and Board of Nursing’s actions to reduce the fees for these valued health care professionals,” said Dr. Armstrong.

“This is good news for health care professionals because it will mean lower fees. I am glad the state is doing something to help health professionals because they do so much to help people with health needs. Also I believe this will make it easier for more people to pursue careers in the health care professions,” said Susan Harris.

“I am always glad to see a reduction fees for people who work in health care and for people who work in general. I believe we should do all we can to reward people who work hard and do a good job every day,” said Brian Koch.