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A Legal Challenge in Florida Could Cause the State's Newest Trauma Centers to Be Closed Down


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ON CHRISTMAS-EVE, FOUR OF FLORIDA'S HOSPITALS FILED A LEGAL-CHALLENGE THAT COULD CAUSE THE STATE'S NEWEST TRAUMA-CENTERS TO BE CLOSED DOWN.  HOWEVER, JIM MARTIN--THE CHAIRMAN OF THE "60-PLUS ASSOCIATION"--SAYS THAT THE NEW FACILITIES ARE VITAL TO FLORIDA'S SENIORS...

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THE NUMBER-ONE CAUSE OF DEATH AMONG SENIORS IS A TRAUMA-INJURY.  AND, STUDIES SHOW THAT TRAUMA-VICTIMS ARE 25-PERCENT MORE LIKELY TO SURVIVE AN INJURY--IF THEY'RE TREATED AT A TRAUMA-CENTER.  FLORIDA'S 'DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH' IS ON THE RIGHT TRACK, WE BELIEVE, WITH ITS EFFORTS TO SOLIDIFY A TRAUMA-CENTER ALLOCATION-RULE THAT WOULD ENSURE ACCESS TO QUALITY TRAUMA-CARE FOR ALL FLORIDIANS.  BUT, UNFORTUNATELY, 'TAMPA GENERAL', 'SHANDS', AND OTHER HOSPITALS ARE RECKLESSLY, WE BELIEVE, PUTTING THEIR FINANCIAL BOTTOM-LINES AHEAD OF PATIENTS' LIVES:  FOUR HOSPITALS, ON THE EVE OF THE CHRISTMAS-HOLIDAY, USED A LEGAL-PLOY TO REQUEST THAT THE DEPARTMENT COMPLETELY SHUT DOWN FLORIDA'S NEWEST TRAUMA-CENTERS.  THIS LEGAL-MANEUVER--WHICH AFFECTS SOME OF THE STATE'S MOST-UNDERSERVED AREAS--IS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF ANTI-COMPETITIVE BEHAVIOR THAT THREATENS TO DECREASE ACCESS TO LIFE-SAVING CARE FOR ALL SENIORS--AND, UNFORTUNATELY, TO DRIVE UP HEALTHCARE-COSTS."

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT "SAVE-OUR-TRAUMA-CENTERS"-DOT-ORG.



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