Tell Congress: We must protect our ERs and Trauma Centers
America’s hospitals are woven into the very fabric of our communities. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, they care for us in our times of need.
Now, America’s hospitals are headed for trouble. Deep federal budget cuts have been proposed that could threaten hospitals’ ability to meet the needs of their patients. If these cuts go through, the impact will be felt by the patients who need these services most.
Emergency room visits are on the rise, but the number of emergency rooms is shrinking. Visiting a Level I Trauma Center during moments of critical injury can increase survival rates by as much as 25%. Both would feel the sting of further cuts to hospital budgets.
Hospitals are always there for us. Now, we need to be there for them. Tell Congress we need to keep our hospitals strong by preventing cuts that will harm emergency rooms and trauma centers.
We – the patients, the caregivers, and the concerned friends and family of the ill or injured – cannot afford cuts that could harm patient care.
The number of ER visits has gone up 46.3% in the last 20 years, while the number of ERs has gone down 12.6%. With an aging population, and millions of Americans about to gain access to health insurance, that trend is unlikely to change.
Trauma centers also are absolutely vital, life-saving places of care. These hospitals with the highest level of surgical and specialist care can improve survival rates for critical injury or ill patients by 25%.
So why do federal payments to hospitals remain on the chopping block?
Hospitals are always there for us in our time of need. It’s time for us to be there for them. Stop playing games with patient care. Protect America’s hospitals.