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.
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.
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 …