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Trauma Fee

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.

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How HCA turned trauma into a money-maker

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.

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  1. Florida hospitals drop challenges to HCA trauma expansion

    State Roundup

    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.

  2. Trauma system expansion plan upheld by judge

    Business

    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.

    Florida has 27 hospitals designated to operate special medical units for traumatically injured pations who need specialized care fast.  [Times files (2013)]
  3. Time running short for legislative fix to trauma center dispute

    State Roundup

    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.

  4. Florida Supreme Court won't hear trauma center dispute

    Health

    The Florida Supreme Court this week declined to hear an appeal from the HCA health-care chain amid broader legal and political battles about the continued operation of trauma centers at some HCA hospitals.

  5. Editorial: Stand with patients, not profits

    Editorials

    Florida lawmakers have three weeks to decide if they are going to stand with trauma patients and for rationally priced health care, or with hospitals that are charging indefensible trauma center response fees and driving up costs across the health care system. Florida trauma center regulation needs to return to an era …

    Florida lawmakers have three weeks to decide if they are going to stand with trauma patients and for rationally priced health care, or with hospitals that are charging indefensible trauma center response fees and driving up costs across the health care system. Florida trauma center regulation needs to return to an era where it was based on saving lives, not making money, and a modest Senate plan would be a step in that direction.