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Monday, October 25, 2010 - 4:44am

Hospitals Push For Trauma Care Tax

Updated: 4 years ago.
Officials at the Medical College of Georgia say a $10 tax to fund trauma care is a good idea. (Photo courtesy MCG)

Amendment 2 would add a $10 fee to the annual car tag.

The money would then be placed in a trust fund to help pay for Georgia’s trauma care network.

That includes adding more level 1 trauma care centers around the state.

They specialize in treating the most severe trauma cases such as head injuries resulting from car accidents.

Currently the state only has 4: in Atlanta, Macon, Savannah and at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

Regina Modeiros is the Trauma Coordinator for MCG Health.

She says the money would insure that Georgian’s living outside those areas get the critical help they need within the hour.

"Because we have limited resources a lot of places are outside that window where they can receive that definitive high level of care within that 60 minutes," Modeiros said."

Georgia has 17 trauma centers equipped to deal with less severe injuries.

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