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'Trauma Copters' Free For Florida Keys Residents

Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.
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Getting to a trauma center quickly can be critical, and in the Florida Keys, there are no trauma centers.

That leaves you the option of being airlifted out.   And that can cost you nothing -- or tens of thousands of dollars. 

But Monroe County is trying to make sure patients have the chance to choose that first financial option. 

Reporter Nancy Klingener is part of WLRN in South Florida. Health News Floridareceives support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Nancy Klingener covers the Florida Keys for WLRN. Since moving to South Florida in 1989, she has worked for the Miami Herald, Solares Hill newspaper and the Monroe County Public Library.