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Bill Allowing Medical Tourism Passes Senate

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File photo of a doctor wearing a stethoscope. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — A bill that would market Florida as a destination for medical procedures has passed the Florida Senate.

It would allow for grabbing the attention of national and international audiences.

The measure (SB 1150) passes with a 38 to 0 vote Thursday. It would allow the spending of $3.5 million in state funds to promote Florida’s medical facilities and surrounding attractions by Visit Florida, the public-private partnership charged with attracting tourism to the state.

The state Chamber of Commerce and other supporters believe Florida offers a number of high-profile medical services but has done little to promote them.

Many developing countries advertise their medical services, focusing on the affordable care and procedures that in some regions can be half the price of those in the U.S.

The bill now goes to the House for its consideration.

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