Vote to properly fund state trauma care

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In the blink of an eye, you or someone you love could be seriously injured in a crash. When that happens, where is the closest trauma center? Is it close enough to make a difference?

No one thinks about the need for trauma care until it's too late. As a registered nurse with 19 years of experience in pediatric and adult emergency-room settings and critical care, I have seen patients die from their injuries because it took too long for them to be transported to our trauma center.

There are so many people living in rural areas of Georgia who have no fast access to trauma care.

Georgia has only 16 hospitals with trauma care centers, but we need twice that number to meet the needs of Georgians. The best of the best trauma centers are the Level I centers with specialized equipment, trauma surgeons and staff available 24/7. There are only four in Georgia-- in Augusta, at MCGHealth, and in Atlanta, Macon and Savannah.

Where is the closest trauma center to you? Is it close enough to save your life?

I strongly encourage voters Nov. 2 to pass Ballot Amendment 2. For an annual car registration fee of just $10 -- about the price of a movie ticket -- a dedicated funding source will be established for trauma care. That means the $10 fees can be used only to fund the trauma network in Georgia. The money can't be raided for any other purpose.

If there is a no-brainer on any ballot this year, it's Amendment 2. Ten bucks a year is a pretty cheap insurance policy for you and your loved ones.

I urge voters to vote "Yes on 2" with me. My life is worth $10, and yours is, too.

(The writer is nurse manager of the Shock Trauma Intensive Care Unit at MCGHealth Medical Center.)

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Insider Information
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Insider Information 10/31/10 - 10:53 pm
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How fitting that on Halloween

How fitting that on Halloween we should be treated to typical political scare tactics.

Give us more money or you will die.

We can't trust the government with our money. Should we really trust them with our lives?

Vote "No" to any and all new taxes.

soldout
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soldout 10/31/10 - 10:56 pm
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When government figures out

When government figures out how to manage the taxes they already receive, that is the time to approve another one. There is no need for health or education to have any connection to government. If government workers were just paid at a non-government worker scale they would have more money than they need and taxes would be reduced.

GGpap
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GGpap 11/01/10 - 04:08 am
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Again, those that oppose good

Again, those that oppose good works for the general public are in actuality no more than a part of the overall problem. They are the NO sayers that apparently cannot see past their own personal needs and pleasures...and to .... with the rest of the world.

GGpap

Insider Information
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Insider Information 11/01/10 - 07:32 am
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GGap, if this is such a

GGap, if this is such a life-and-death isssue, why isn't the state paying for this already?
The state can afford to spend millions of dollars on boat ramps and other pet projects.
I agree that we should fund hospitals, but the money is alread there.
And, do we really need a constitutional amendment for this? Ever wonder why this isn't simply an act of the legislature?

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NoCatchyName 11/01/10 - 07:46 am
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"My life is worth $10, and

"My life is worth $10, and yours is, too."

My dear Mr. Whitney, if that were all there was to it, there would be no problem at all. The simple answer is that it is not feasible to locate trauma centers in every place where they might be needed. The specialists required to staff these centers must be able to make a living. If this were possible the centers would already be in place.

It will take a lot more than $10 per car to get the centers established. Then they must be funded on into the future. This measure is nothing more than another thinly disguised tax increase and the first of many if this plan is to be carried out.

Trauma centers do not exist in Death Valley for the same reason that they do not exist in other sparsely populated areas. They are not sustainable there.

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sgachief 11/01/10 - 08:32 am
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i voted no on this issue, the

i voted no on this issue, the tv ads are misleading and the funding is inappropriate. why should automobile owners foot the entire bill for a system that will be used by all. a fee is a tax any way you look at it. this is a sham by the ga legis. so they can say we did this without raising taxes.

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Jane18 11/01/10 - 08:59 am
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'.....about the price of a

'.....about the price of a movie ticket'. The very reason my husband and I do not go to movies--cost too much. I'm also voting no, most of all because they can't manage(correctly) the taxes they receive now.

Chillen
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Chillen 11/01/10 - 09:18 am
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Vote no for all new spending.

Vote no for all new spending. This $10 fee per tag is only a drop in the bucket for the cost to build even a couple of trauma units, let alone maintain the cost of them every year. Get the govt started on one or two and they'll want 5 or 6. We can't afford it!

Again, NO FOR ALL SPENDING INITIATIVES! Show the government that you mean business and demand that they get their spending under control.

Local Interests
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Local Interests 11/01/10 - 10:03 am
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NoCatchyName has it right.

NoCatchyName has it right. The problem here is unrealistic expectations in a state where the primary population centers are disproportionately distributed - by the choice of the people on where they want to live. It is simply not realistic to build expensive level 1 trauma centers all over the state. We should support the ones we have and support transportation methods for truly critical cases that have to be sent there from out of the area.

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Riverman1 11/01/10 - 01:52 pm
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There are 4 level one trauma

There are 4 level one trauma centers in Georgia. There are 7 level two centers. There is 1 level three center and 2 level four centers. In comparison, there is ONE level one trauma center for the entire states of Washington, Idaho and Montana combined.

We have excellent hospitals here that have chosen to forgo the trauma center designation due to nonpaying patients. This need for trauma centers is a bogus argument.

ReformedRepub
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ReformedRepub 11/01/10 - 02:16 pm
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Cut administration by HALF

Cut administration by HALF and the rest of them reduce their pay by 1/3 and I'll vote yes.

ruudvonbaron
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ruudvonbaron 11/01/10 - 02:22 pm
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Insider Information Monday,

Insider Information Monday, Nov. 1 7:32 AM if this is such a life-and-death isssue, why isn't the state paying for this already?
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Ding, ding, ding.....we have a winner.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 11/01/10 - 03:12 pm
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Is the money to establish new

Is the money to establish new centers or will it be used to shore up short falls in payments by patients who do not have insurance?

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seenitB4 11/02/10 - 08:22 am
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Here is the problem with this

Here is the problem with this plan...If I own 5 cars I will pay more money than the1 car owner....does this mean I will need it 5 times more...no...find another way to pay for the plan...& it isn't just cars that cause the need for trauma care....weapons of any kind..choking..etc.
It will never just be $10.00.......

BuckeyeInGA
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BuckeyeInGA 11/03/10 - 08:52 pm
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Why were state, county, board

Why were state, county, board and city government vehicles excluded from this program? Trust me, these vehicles are involved in accidents statewide. If this issue comes up for a vote again, insist that ALL vehicles tagged in Georgia pay into the fund. No exceptions!

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