|By Heather J. Carlson, Post-Bulletin, Rochester, Minn.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
During a Capitol news conference on Tuesday, more than two dozen first responders gathered around Rep.
"For less than
To help build support for his proposal, Schoen is planning a statewide tour, including a scheduled stop in
"It should be obvious to all that we still have plenty of work to do to make sure that emergency care is functioning at the highest level in
Among the issues noted in the report card is
"This report card should be both a wake-up call and a call to action," said Dr.
Wyatt attributes the state's drop in the rankings in part to increased demand for emergency care at a time when resources are shrinking. Between 1995 and 2010, the emergency department visit rate climbed by 34 percent, while the supply of emergency departments dropped by 11 percent.
Schoen said the bill would tax auto insurance policyholders because 60 percent of all cases in trauma centers are caused by automobile accidents.
The proposal would generate an estimated
Not everyone thinks taxing drivers to pay for these upgrades is a good idea. Rep.
He added, "I think that we should fund emergency services on their own merit and not raise everybody's auto insurance premiums to do it."
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