HCA trauma centers lead Georgia in high ‘activation’ fees

HCA Healthcare’s “activation” fees for trauma care in Georgia are double those at other hospitals in the state, according to a Kaiser Health News report this week.

In Alleged Health Care ‘Money Grab,’ Nation’s Largest Hospital Chain Cashes In on Trauma Centers

After falling from a ladder and cutting his arm, Ed Knight said, he found himself at Richmond, Virginia’s Chippenham Hospital surrounded by nearly a dozen doctors, nurses and technicians — its crack “trauma team” charged with saving the most badly hurt victims of accidents and assaults.