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Pediatric Trauma

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.

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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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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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  1. Taking children to the wrong trauma center can be a deadly mistake

    Health

    One April evening two years ago, 9-year-old Justin Davis dashed into a busy Jacksonville street, headed to a convenience store for snacks.

    Pasco County Driver Engineer/EMT with Engine 14 Wilfred Cardona gives the command to lift a trauma patient involved in a car accident in New Port Richey.
  2. Six things everyone should know about kids and trauma in Florida (w/ video)

    Health

    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 A trauma room at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa. [Times files]

  3. 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.

  4. 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)]
  5. 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.