2010 grand jury report: Jurors call f...

2010 grand jury report: Jurors call for local trauma center

There are 6 comments on the Monterey County Herald story from Jan 11, 2011, titled 2010 grand jury report: Jurors call for local trauma center. In it, Monterey County Herald reports that:

For the second year in a row, Monterey County is overdue in establishing its own regional trauma center, according to the county's 2010 civil grand jury report released Monday.

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Truth

Monterey, CA

#1 Jan 11, 2011
How about getting rid of all of the "sanctuary" areas for all the illegals that are making a large contribution to the costs.
Monterey county

Nashville, TN

#2 Jan 11, 2011
My question is "does Monterey have the tax base for a trauma center." If medicare only paids 33 cents out of the dollar, where would the other 66 cent come from? Can the state of California fund the project??

Since: Mar 09

Monterey Peninsula, CA

#3 Jan 11, 2011
Those "life flights" drive me nuts. At a minimum of $25,000 a pop they suck up the equivalent of the entire annual insurance premiums of five to seven local residents FOR EACH FLIGHT! Multiply that by 293 flights last year and remember that doesn't include a single penny for treatment, just transportation. And we wonder why insurance premiums are so high. Providing trauma services locally would be a good start at getting health care costs under control.

The fact is local hospitals CAN and DO provide trauma care if the patient is unlikely to survive a flight or if weather grounds the helicopters. If local hospitals can do it sometimes, is it really much of a stretch to have them do it regularly?

-Mr. Toy
www.montereypeninsula.info

Since: Mar 09

Monterey Peninsula, CA

#4 Jan 11, 2011
Monterey county wrote:
My question is "does Monterey have the tax base for a trauma center." If medicare only paids 33 cents out of the dollar, where would the other 66 cent come from? Can the state of California fund the project??
The reference in the article to 33 cents on the dollar related to the cost of the flights, not the actual trauma care. The answer as to who makes up the difference is iin the previous sentence "Those costs are made up in insurance premiums and by patients with financial means, the report said." In other words, you and I are paying 2/3rds of the cost of life-flights through health insurance premiums while our taxes for medicare make up the other third.

Personally, I'd rather see the $25,000+ per flight we're paying ($7.325 million last year) go into local trauma CARE instead of mere transportation.

-Mr. Toy
www.montereypeninsula.info
Trauma Doc

Nashville, TN

#5 Jan 12, 2011
I actually have studied the cost associated with trauma care. It is cheaper to med flight these patients. The average cost to care for a trauma patient in Ca well exceeds a million dollars. Just to maintain a trauma center 24/7 would again exceed 10 million dollars a year. The usual trauma patient in Monterey county does not carry insurance, so you the taxpayers would be flipping the bill. Trauma is very expensive, that is one of the many reasons hospitals do not take trauma patients and have closed as a result of providing this kind of medical/surgical care. The private insurance pool in Monterey county would not cover the cost
Just a Dude

Risingsun, OH

#6 Feb 12, 2011
MrToy wrote:
Those "life flights" drive me nuts. At a minimum of $25,000 a pop they suck up the equivalent of the entire annual insurance premiums of five to seven local residents FOR EACH FLIGHT! Multiply that by 293 flights last year and remember that doesn't include a single penny for treatment, just transportation. And we wonder why insurance premiums are so high. Providing trauma services locally would be a good start at getting health care costs under control.
The fact is local hospitals CAN and DO provide trauma care if the patient is unlikely to survive a flight or if weather grounds the helicopters. If local hospitals can do it sometimes, is it really much of a stretch to have them do it regularly?
-Mr. Toy
www.montereypeninsula.info
Maybe they can, but it doesn't mean they do. Some Dr.'s in some hospitals (South County) don't remember their oaths as physicians. They pick and choose who they will or will not help, just like the police officers down there. It makes me wonder why the entire area can't see this. Is EVERYONE drugged and think that it is okay to say who does and who doesn't? Where did humanity go? Really. If a person is shot, a doctor should treat, regardless. If a person is busted with drugs, they should be arrested. Not some made to wait for life flight or some let go because they tell on someone else. If we all do what we are supposed to do accordingly, the balance will level out. Are they working for the all time low record of overall, "Crapville" or just making sure it gets put on the map?

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