Miami-Dade County Health Commissioner Mary Jo White told the Associated Press that there is an exemption from a law allowing counties to sell medical equipment in certain circumstances.
She did not say what those circumstances were.
The exemptions are for “unanticipated or unexpected emergencies,” such as disasters or pandemics.
White said there is currently no limit on the number of items that can be sold.
She said that the county has received a total of 2,600 requests for medical equipment that were either ready for sale or awaiting their availability.
She also said that in the past few months, the county received 4,400 requests for items such as dental and medical devices.
She added that the majority of those requests came from individuals.
The county has a medical technology fund and it has provided medical equipment to the Florida Department of Health for over a year.
White also said the county is currently in discussions with the National Association of Medical Equipment Manufacturers (NAMI) about the availability of dental and other dental and dental-related items, as well as dental appliances.
She declined to say how many dental items are being made available, but said that some of the items are “not necessarily for dental use” and that they are still under contract.
White said that “over the last couple of years, we have made some significant progress with the dental industry and we’re looking forward to continuing to work with the manufacturers, with the manufacturer associations and with the NAMI to continue to support the dental workforce.”
NAMI, the national dental association, is a trade group representing dental and related medical equipment manufacturers.
A NAMI spokesperson told NBC News that the dental equipment industry has been struggling for decades.
“The dental equipment market has grown at a rapid rate, and we have witnessed an unprecedented expansion of the dental supply chain since the early 1980s,” NAMI said in a statement.
“The demand for medical and dental equipment is at a critical juncture, as the nation transitions from a service-based economy to a service economy that requires care from the community.”
Dental equipment sales were a key driver of the U.S. economy in the last two years, according to the National Health Interview Survey.
The survey of more than 3,000 U.A.E. adults, conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation in 2015, found that the number who reported having a dental condition increased by 13 percent in the year ending in January 2018, and by 11 percent in January 2019.
But the NIMA has also said it is working with the state of Florida to help the state’s dental workforce, particularly with respect to the statewide shortage of dental equipment.
“The health and safety of all our communities, and especially the residents of our communities are our highest priorities,” White said in her statement.
According to the Nami statement, the state and local governments “are committed to ensuring the health and well-being of all residents of the state, regardless of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.”