Florida Matters: Health Care For The Uninsured

Florida Matters: Health Care For The Uninsured
Florida Matters: Health Care For The Uninsured

While across the nation the cultural and political tug-of-war over health care rages on, locally, healers keep on healing. But providing care for people can get complicated when they don’t have health insurance.

Florida Matters recently hosted a panel discussion in front of a live audience at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg about caring for the uninsured. This week we hear highlights from our conversation with experts and questions from the audience.

Our panelists include:

Jay Wolfson, Associate Vice President of USF Health and Senior Associate Dean of USF’s Morsani College of Medicine.

Dr. Ajoy Kumar, Medical Director of the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, Chief Medical Officer of Bayfront Health St. Petersburg and President of the Florida Academy of Family Physician.

Julio Ochoa, the editor of Health News Florida and producer of “Their Only Option,” a special series on free clinics in the Tampa Bay area.

If you’re looking for a free clinic in your area check out this map on the Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics website.

Original Broadcast Date: 
02/08/18

Tuesday at 6:30 PM | Sunday at 7:30 AM on WUSF 89.7
Monday at 10:00 PM on WSMR 89.1

Host:
Carson Cooper

It is with great sadness that we share the news that our dear friend and colleague Carson Cooper has died following a long illness. As a host of Morning Edition for 18 years, Carson was the voice of WUSF in the morning for radio listeners across the area. He was a warm and engaging host, and an important part of the WUSF team. During his time with WUSF, he reported on a variety of important issues in the community, including growth, education, transportation, affordable housing, public health and the environment.

Tuesday at 6:30 PM | Sunday at 7:30 AM on WUSF 89.7
Monday at 10:00 PM on WSMR 89.1

Host:
Robin Sussingham

Robin Trohn Sussingham is a reporter and program host at WUSF Public Broadcasting, and is the producer of Florida Matters. She came to WUSF from public radio stations KUER and KCPW in Utah, has contributed stories to NPR and Marketplace, and also has an extensive background in print reporting. She was born in Lakeland and often reports about Polk County.

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