In these consolidated cases, private hospitals in Sarasota County challenged the county’s refusal to reimburse them for care provided to indigent residents under a special state law that deals with indigent health care in Sarasota County only. The county argued that the provision of the statute relating to private hospitals is unconstitutional. The trial court agreed with the county, ruling that provision of the challenged state law unconstitutional. The Second District Court of Appeal upheld the trial court. This appeal followed.
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