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AJC reporter Carrie Teegardin has an interesting story about the “corridor of death” — the South Georgia segment of I-75 leading to Florida’s beaches — and what’s being proposed to deal with it.

The stretch of road earned the name because people who get in car crashes in much of South Georgia are at least 50 miles from a trauma center – a hospital equipped to handle serious injuries, Teegardin writes.

Georgia voters will decide on Nov. 2 whether they want to add $10 to the cost of annual vehicle registrations to improve trauma services statewide. Hospitals, emergency services workers and public health officials say the $80 million that would be raised every year by passage of Amendment 2 is needed to save lives, Teegardin reports.

Georgia has 17 hospitals designated as trauma centers, short of the 25 to 30 centers that public health officials say the state needs, Teegardin  writes.

Trauma-related injuries – usually the result of car crashes, falls and work accidents – are the leading cause of death among Georgians between the ages of 1 and 44, said William T. Moore, a member of the Georgia Trauma Care Network Commission and president of Atlanta Medical Center.

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4 comments Add your comment

Hypocrite hunter

October 25th, 2010
7:02 am

“Trauma Center” is a designation and this amendment is masquerading as a hospital bill instead of being apparently government support of private practice medical facilities. If trauma center designation makes economic sense, why wouldn’t it be appropriate for the private sector to do it instead of government? (Drives me nuts that Republicans keep doing this stuff while argueing that we should reduce government and get it out of healthcare!) Exactly how many lives, per year, will the designations actually save (and for how long)? Divide that number into $80m. Then, if its worth it to you, vote for it. I think there are better uses for the funds.

CommonSensePrevails

October 25th, 2010
8:14 am

First of all, let me say that I thought Sonny’s new Super Speeder Law was intended to fund these so-called “Trauma Centers”?? How’s that working out for ya’ Sonny, unable to catch enough people in your snare??

Also, let me turn everyone on to something, but first let me ask a question. Has anyone heard commercials from the Georgia Republican Party promoting this proposition on WSB Radio, WGST or WGKA??? I am curious, because if you go down the dial to AM 1380 WAOK (the “Black” AM talk station), you will hear commercial spots that conceal the true intent of this vehicle tax. In fact, it spins it TERRIBLY to try to play on the compassion of the Black community (and assumed ignorance), using phrases like “everyone deserves to receive this critical healthcare”. What they are not telling you is this is a tax increase! They just assume Black folks will just check the box without any further research or question. That sad things is.. they probably will.

Republicans are no different than Democrats, they are both slimy. You all can continue to wear blinders about your parties (including Libertarian and Tea Party). None of them give a crap about you.

TnGelding

October 25th, 2010
8:26 am

Hypocrite hunter

October 25th, 2010
7:02 am

I was wondering the same thing. Where is the revered private sector. Market conditions would seem to indicate a need. But I’ll vote for it. It’s less than the charge for speciality tags. If we all give a little, it amounts to a lot. And we never know when we might be involved in a serious accident.

Donna

October 25th, 2010
1:47 pm

The private sector will never provide trauma centers in south Georgia rural communities. It is not economically feasible to do so. After having had a serious injury, in the metro Atlanta area and having been taken to a Level 1 trauma center, I recognize how important such a facility is to individuals. They need to be strategically located throughout the state!!!