DeSantis: Larkin Community Hospital under investigation for price gouging after $150 virus tests

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HIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said a local hospital is being investigated for price gouging.

In a Friday afternoon press conference, DeSantis said there were reports of a hospital located in Hialeah charging individuals $150 for COVID-19 tests.

DeSantis did not name the hospital during the press conference, however, his office confirmed to 7News that the facility in question is Larkin Community Hospital.

“That is not acceptable here in the State of Florida,” DeSantis said. ‘The president has made clear the relief bill has had the tests are free, and we don’t want to put any individuals in any more difficult circumstances than they already are in.”

DeSantis said he will have the attorney general investigate the hospital for price gouging.

7News first reported Larkin Community Hospital in Hialeah was charging $150 to test residents for COVID-19. Larkin Community Hospital president Dr. Jack Michel defended his hospital’s decision to charge patients for coronavirus testing earlier this week.

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