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Times: Trauma Fee Cap Too High

The Senate Health Policy Committee’s move to create a one-year, $15,000 cap on trauma center fees is a positive development, but still too costly, the Tampa Bay Times editorial board says.

A recent Times report showed the discrepancy of trauma center fees in Florida hospitals, with patients being charged an average of more than $10,800 just for coming though the hospital door. Six trauma centers run by for-profit HCA Healthcare charges an average of $28,000 for comparable services.  A lower cap would be a better approach, the Times said.