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June 10, 1989
Assembly Speaker Pro Tem Mike Roos (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblywoman Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) said they will ask state budget conference committee members to earmark more than $100 million generated by new tobacco taxes for hospitals sharing a heavy portion of trauma and emergency care. "We once had a safety net. Now there is a huge hole in that net," said Roos, noting that Whittier Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital's recently announced plans to close its trauma facility would leave the Los Angeles area with only 13 of its original 23 trauma centers.
July 6, 2002
Los Angeles, as everyone knows, is a city of cars, which means that trauma centers here do a bang-up business. If you are in a serious car accident--a leading cause of death for people under 35--your best chance of surviving is to be treated at a trauma center within what is known as the "golden hour" after the crash. Assuming, that is, you can get into one. That is an assumption we too often take for granted.
April 19, 2000 | From Associated Press
Trauma center networks can be effective in saving the lives of car crash victims, but only after being in place for at least 10 years, which is how long it takes to work out the kinks in the system, researchers say. Trauma center systems are designed to give people with serious injuries quick access to hospitals with specialized teams of doctors. An accident victim in an area with a trauma system would be taken to the closest trauma center, which would not always be the closest hospital.
July 29, 2002
L.A. County supervisors have come up with a plan to rescue the county's collapsing health-care network ("Property Tax Hike Proposed," July 25). The only problem is that they're effectively putting a Band-Aid on the problem and not getting to the root causes. The emergency rooms that their initiative would fund would be overflowing with families whose local health clinics were closed because of budget cuts and senior citizens malnourished because they no longer had home-care workers to care for them.
Orange County health care officials on Monday proposed using $8 million in available state cigarette surtax money to help stabilize the county's ailing trauma care system while creating two new birthing centers for low-income women. The county is scheduled to receive about $22 million a year for two years from a surtax levied on cigarette and other tobacco products under Proposition 99, the statewide initiative approved by voters in 1988.
As one of Orange County's four trauma centers prepares to drop out of the nationally known but debt-ridden emergency network two days after Christmas, several Orange County hospitals are reportedly considering filling the gap. Although no hospital has yet signed up with the county as a trauma center, administrators at several facilities have held "preliminary meetings" to discuss the idea, county officials said.
March 7, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved raising certain criminal fines to help pay for trauma centers and emergency care across the county. The move, authorized by state legislation last fall, will levy an additional $2 for every $10 in some criminal penalties collected. Set to expire in 2009, it is expected to raise about $33.3 million for indigents' emergency care, help fund new and existing trauma centers, and pay for 26 new health department positions.
November 20, 1991
When accident victims with private insurance are treated at one of the county's trauma centers, their payments not only cover their medical bills but also a significant portion of uninsured patients' bills, a local coalition of business and health groups reported Tuesday. Uninsured patients and those on MediCare or MediCal paid only 65% of their bills in 1989. Private insurance companies are picking up most of the difference, which amounted to $11.
October 5, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
U.S. Rep. Jane Harman(D-Venice) announced her endorsement Friday of a November ballot measure to raise money for Los Angeles County trauma centers through a tax on developed properties. Joining county Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Yvonne Brathwaite Burke at a rally at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Harman called Measure B "one of the building blocks to keeping world-class trauma care in L.A. County."
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