When a child is injured, you expect the experts to take them to the right hospital. But dozens of children across Florida are being taken to trauma centers that are not equipped to help them. It can cost them their lives.
Getting injured in Florida has never been more expensive. Hospital Corporation of America, the nation’s largest hospital chain, is a big reason why. How one company is driving up the cost of care across the state.
If you’re in an accident and wind up at a trauma hospital, you probably expect a big bill. But here’s a surprise: The meter is running before you see your first doctor. You could be charged as much as $33,000 just for coming through the door.
One April evening two years ago, 9-year-old Justin Davis dashed into a busy Jacksonville street, headed to a convenience store for snacks.
Last year, paramedics raced at least 1,300 Florida children to hospitals with injuries so severe, they required attention from a team of trauma specialists. Not all of these kids, however, got the same level of care. Because, as the Tampa Bay Times points out in
The contentious battle over the expansion of trauma care in Florida ended quietly Friday as Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, Tampa General and St. Joseph's hospitals dropped their legal challenges against new trauma centers owned by Hospital Corporation of America.
Over the objections of long-established Florida hospitals, a judge has upheld a state proposal that paves the way for a costly expansion of the trauma care system.
TALLAHASSEE — Lawmakers in both chambers want to allow three disputed trauma centers owned by Hospital Corporation of America to continue operating, but the House and the Senate have very different ideas on how to get it done.