Florida Chamber-Backed Medical Tourism Bill Passes Senate

April 24, 2014 Print

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Bill Markets Florida as Medical Tourism Destination

TALLAHASSEE, FL (April 24, 2014) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce applauds the Florida Senate for highlighting Florida’s world-class healthcare providers by passing Florida Chamber-backed SB 1150 – a bill that will give Florida the ability to be marketed as a medical tourism destination.

Florida Chamber members like Sylvester Center at the University of Miami, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Jacksonville, UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health, Sacred Heart in Pensacola, Baptist Health South Florida, Florida Hospital Corporation and more champion innovative initiatives for their patients to succeed – effectively cutting down costs and recovery times. Florida’s focus must now be on marketing these institutions both nationally and internationally in order to fuel Florida’s competitive growth.

SB 1150, sponsored by Senator Aaron Bean (R- Jacksonville), promotes national and international awareness of qualifications, scope of services, and specialized expertise of health care providers in Florida and includes initiatives to showcase qualified health care providers. Florida Chamber partner Enterprise Florida will work with the Department of Economic Opportunity to market Florida as a healthcare destination.

The Florida Chamber thanks Senator Bean and Representative Patrick Rooney (R-Palm Beach County) for their continued support.



Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations, aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.