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.”