Health & Science

Health & Science
6:29 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Senate rejects abortion debate

A recent procedural move by the Senate has both sides of an anti-abortion bill wondering if the debate on the issue is truly over. As Sascha Cordner reports, while some say the bill is dead, others say it’s not over until the last day of session.

Senate President Mike Haridopolos says it's unlikely that legislation aimed at making it harder for women to get abortions is going anywhere this year.

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Health & Science
6:07 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Senate signs off on anesthesia for hygienists

Next time you visit the dentist it could be the dental hygienist who numbs your gums. Regan McCarthy reports that’s one rule relating to dentistry that a measure moving through the legislature could change.

Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff says her bill would let dental hygienist administer local anesthesia. But Bogdanoff, a Republican from Fort Lauderdale, says that’s only under the direct supervision of a dentist and after the hygienist has demonstrated the skill on a live patient.

“That would be Senator Gibson.”

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Health & Science
7:11 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Eye doctors argue over practice limits

An almost 40-year old scuffle between two kinds of eye care professionals could be coming close to an end. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, despite passage of a bill that could do so, opponents say ending the war at the cost of limiting the amount of legitimate medical malpractice claims is not the way to do it.

It’s an ongoing dispute known as the “eyeball wars” between ophthalmologists and optometrists. Both professions deal with eye care, but there’s one difference:

Ophthalmologists are medical doctors, while optometrists are not.

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Health & Science
7:05 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

House votes to repeal limits on trauma centers

House lawmakers are considering a measure that would make a number of revisions in the state’s healthcare laws, but Regan McCarthy reports, after a long debate, Representatives are taking out one of the most controversial provisions in the bill—a proposal to get rid of the state’s limits on  trauma centers.

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Health & Science
5:45 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Lawmakers want to limit medical malpractice claims

A bill that would have granted sovereign immunity to emergency room doctors is changing as it moves through the legislature. Lynn Hatter reports a House panel has approved a series of amendments that supporters say would bring down the cost of healthcare. But the move has opponents arguing it would limit a patient’s right to sue for medical malpractice.

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