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Georgia’s trauma care system in crisis

Georgia’s trauma care system is in a “crisis” and needs a new set of fees and incentives to encourage more hospitals to provide money-losing care for life-threatening injuries, according to a legislative report released Thursday.

The report suggests adding a $5 surcharge to the state’s motor vehicle tag tax or tacking a fee of about $1 onto monthly cell phone bills to make up for about $85 million in uncompensated trauma care that Georgia’s hospitals and physicians provide.

But plugging that funding gap would only be the first step, warned Rep. Larry O’Neal, R-Bonaire, the co-chair of a joint study committee on the issue.

“This is going to take a lot of money,” he said. “I’ve heard the number $85 million. And I’ve heard that’s just the beginning.”

One comment

  1. IndyInjun says:

    This AND the $1.5 trillion underfunded state employee benefit liability will necessitate huge tax increases or benefit cuts…..

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