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DeSantis Orders Attorney General To Investigate South Florida Hospital

Facebook, via the Miami Herald
In this photo posted on the Facebook page of Jack Michel, CEO of Larkin Community Hospital, Michel and Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez, left, announce the opening of a drive-thru testing site at Hialeah Hospital.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called on the state attorney general Friday to investigate a South Florida hospital charging $150 per test for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus spreading rapidly across the state.

While DeSantis did not name the hospital, Larkin Community Hospital operates a drive-thru testing site in Hialeah and charges $150 per test.

“We’ve seen reports of a hospital in the city of Hialeah and Miami-Dade that’s charging individuals $150 to get tested for COVID-19,” DeSantis said in a news conference. “That’s not acceptable here in the state of Florida. The president has made clear… the tests are free. ... I’m going to ask Attorney General [Ashley] Moody to immediately investigate this hospital.”

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