TITLE

Survey Reveals Need To Strengthen Financial Viability Of State Trauma System: Texas Trauma System Viability

AUTHOR(S)
Rubin, Amir Dan; Clifton, Guy L.
PUB. DATE
January 2002
SOURCE
Internet Journal of Emergency & Intensive Care Medicine;2002, Vol. 6 Issue 1, p59
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
A survey of the leading Level 1 and 2 trauma centers in Texas reveals the need to ensure the financial stability of the state's trauma system. Level 1 and 2 trauma centers are those few institutions statewide that have focused themselves to offer the highest level of trauma services to Texans who are critically injured. Trauma is actually the leading cause of death in persons under 34 years of age, and is one of the leading causes of death and disability. Trauma centers, unlike other hospitals, will accept any severely injured patient needing the higher level of care services trauma centers offer, from either the scene of an accident or as a transfer from another facility, regardless of insurance status. With the population of Texas cities continuing to grow and branch out along highway routes, it is ever more critical that trauma centers in Texas are viably positioned as part of the state's emergency medical system, alongside ambulance and EMS services, police, and fire departments. The survey results reveal not only a bleak financial picture for the state's trauma infrastructure, but also a financial situation that is worsening. To help assure the availability of trauma services, Texas needs to continue making progress on several fronts, including pursuit of county-based efforts to shore up funding for district facilities, restoration of reductions made in state disproportionate share funding, simplification of the state Medicaid enrollment process and expansion of Medicaid eligibility.
ACCESSION #
9861514

 

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