Section 385.205, Florida Statutes 2003
385.205 Care and assistance of persons suffering from chronic renal diseases; establishment of programs in kidney disease control.--
(1) The Department of Health shall:
(a) Establish a program for the assistance of persons suffering from chronic renal diseases and assist in the development and expansion of programs for the care and treatment of persons suffering from chronic renal diseases, including dialysis and other medical procedures and techniques which will have a lifesaving effect in the care and treatment of persons suffering from these diseases.
(b) Develop standards for determining eligibility for care and treatment under this program.
(c) Assist in the development of programs for the prevention of chronic renal diseases.
(d) Assist in the establishment of screening programs and early diagnostic facilities.
(e) Institute and carry on an educational program among physicians, hospitals, county health departments, and the public concerning chronic renal diseases, including the dissemination of information and the conducting of educational programs concerning the prevention of chronic renal diseases and the methods for the care and treatment of persons suffering from these diseases.
(f) Contract with existing facilities for the provision of care as outlined.
(g) Develop cooperative programs and services designed to enhance the vocational rehabilitation of renal dialysis and transplant patients. The department shall keep and make available to the Governor and the Legislature information regarding the number of clients served, the outcome reached, and the expense incurred by these programs and services.
(h) Monitor participating facilities for program compliance with the terms contained in the letters of agreement.
(2) Nothing in this section shall be construed to commit the state to provide direct financial assistance to patients requiring chronic dialysis therapy.
History.--s. 1, ch. 71-139; s. 266, ch. 77-147; s. 99, ch. 86-220; s. 71, ch. 97-101.
Note.--Former s. 402.21.