News Release: Associated Press
July 25, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –Today, Governor Rick Scott announced fee reductions for the licensing of certain health care professionals. Due to efficiencies found and the streamlining of processes, both the Florida Board of Medicine and Florida Board of Nursing identified excess fees and are passing this on as a cost savings to licensees.
Governor Scott said, “The physicians and nurses in our state work hard to provide high quality medical care to Florida families and this fee reduction will result in $7.75 million in savings for our heath care professionals. These reductions highlight our commitment to making Florida the best state in the nation to live and work, will allow more Floridians to keep their hard earned money.”
The Board of Medicine will reduce the physician license renewal fee for the next biennium from $360 to $250. Physicians renewing their license in 2015 or 2016 will pay this lower fee, which has the potential to produce up to $6 million in savings that can be reinvested into Florida’s economy by these medical professionals.
The Florida Board of Nursing reduced the initial application and initial license fee effective July 1, 2014. Applicants for initial licensure as a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse will now pay $100 instead of $165. It is estimated these fee reductions will result in a cost savings to new licensees of approximately $1.75 million each fiscal year.
Medical professionals who practice in the state of Florida are required to be licensed. These licenses are renewed every two years. For more information on the license renewal process, please visit the Board of Medicine website at This LINK or the Board of Nursing website at This LINK.