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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 Timesreport 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.

Originally founded in December 2006 as an independent grassroots publication dedicated to coverage of health issues in Florida, Health News Florida was acquired by WUSF Public Media in September 2012.