(Austin – July 12, 2016) – John Henderson, chair of the board of trustees of the Texas Hospital Association and CEO at Childress Regional Medical Center, will testify Wednesday before a joint hearing of the Texas House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Article II and the Committee on Public Health. Rep. Four Price, R-Amarillo, and Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Denton, respectively, chair the committees that have an interim charge to study the trauma system in Texas including financing, service delivery, planning and coordination.
“A strong, accessible network of trauma facilities is essential for all Texans, no matter what part of the state they call home,” said Henderson. “Every second counts in a trauma, and delays in care can mean the difference between life and death.”
Annually, Texas hospitals sustain more than $300 million in unreimbursed trauma care costs. Payments from several state funding sources offset some of these unreimbursed costs, but even after payments, the cost to Texas hospitals is more than $250 million. These costs challenge hospitals’ ability to sustain the equipment and staffing required for trauma designation and impede other hospitals from taking on trauma care functions.
“Trauma doesn’t discriminate,” said Henderson. “The uninsured have car accidents and experience injuries and assaults just as those with health insurance do. And Texas hospitals deliver care to all, regardless of ability to pay. Dedicated trauma funding is absolutely essential for Texas trauma hospitals to be able to meet the needs of the state’s rapidly growing population.”