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Illegal Immigrants Cripple Trauma Care

June 10, 2005

Re "A Cry for Trauma Care," June 8: I could not agree more that Los Angeles County requires additional trauma centers. As your report states, "the heavy financial burden of handling uninsured patients has caused some hospitals to scratch their trauma centers."

Until it is truly understood that the influx of illegal aliens is the major reason that not only are we lacking in trauma centers, but that several hospitals have completely closed as well, and until both the state and federal government get serious about stopping this influx, many more people will die needlessly due to the lack of hospital trauma-care centers.

John Colvin

Glendale

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