Center for Health & Aging



About the Center

The Florida TaxWatch Center for Health and Aging (CHA) conducts research and analysis that quantifies the fiscal and economic impacts of current and proposed policies across the health care and aging spectrum to help shape policy discussions. As a Florida TaxWatch Center of Excellence, the CHA strives to identify and promote the appropriate, effective, efficient, and accountable delivery of taxpayer-funded health care and aging services and works with stakeholders and policymakers to drive improvements within the system.


Advisory Board

  CHAIRMAN

Samira K. Beckwith
Hope HealthCare Services

Mr. Thomas Crummy

Waste Management


Ms. Lauren Faison

Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare


Ms. Debbie Franklin

Florida Health Care Association


Mr. Tom Hoban

Kitson & Partners


Mr. John Hogan

Capital Health Plan


Ms. Phillis Oeters

Baptist Health South Florida


Mr. James M. Repp

Avmed Health Plans


Recent Center Research

High Failure Rates Among Nursing Students Indicated Need for a Cure

06/2017 // Previous legislation to expand nursing programs and alleviate Florida's nursing shortage has had unintended consequences, finds the latest Economic Commentary.


The Cost of Inaction on The Everglades

04/2017 // Currently more than eight million South Florida residents, almost one-third of the state’s population, directly rely on the Everglades system for freshwater supply. This report examines the cost of the status quo.


The Impact of Food Deserts on Public Health & Property Values

03/2017 // Good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. This report looks at the effect of food deserts on Floridians' health and life expectancy.


Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Invade Taxpayers' Wallets, Too

03/2017 // This Economic Commentary looks at the potential impact on taxpayers from the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.


Budget Watch - The Zika Virus Will Place Additional Strain on the Next State Budget

11/2016 // In addition to the serious public health risk for Floridians, the Zika virus is also creating risk for the already tight state budget outlook for next year.


Moving Telehealth Forward: The High Costs of Paying Later

08/2015 // This report, the third in the last two years on the subject from TaxWatch, looks at the next steps for policy changes in Florida, and compares Florida's policies with those of California, Texas, and New York.


Time for Telehealth

11/2014 // Florida lawmakers need to act quickly to connect patients with higher quality, timely care by using telehealth to bring the state's health policies into the 21st century, according to recommendations from this report, which notes that policymakers should immediately pursue incremental adoption of telehealth policies during the 2015 session.


Medical Tourism in Florida

10/2014 // Already a capital of global tourism, Florida has an opportunity to bring even more tourists and more revenue to the state by investing in medical tourism, according to this report, which finds that patients visiting Florida from around the United States and the world for planned medical procedures could have a significant impact on the state economy and while improving residents' health care options.


Florida's Looming Alzheimers Crisis

04/2014 // The number of Floridians affected with Alzheimers is expected to grow by nearly 50 percent in the next decade, putting a strain on Florida's health care system and increasing costs for taxpayers, according to this report from Florida TaxWatch. The report calls for additional research into Alzheimers to prepare for the states aging population and to seek a viable preventative treatment.


Statement: TaxWatch Stands Behind APRN Report

03/2014 // Florida TaxWatch released a statement from Robert E. Weissert, Esq., Chief Research Officer and General Counsel, standing firmly behind a recent briefing outlining the debate between Florida's health care practitioners. The statement addresses concerns, already refuted in the report, raised by a special interest group opposed to removing practice restrictions on the 15,000 Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) in Florida.


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