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HCA’s Trauma Center Fees are Leaving Patients in Shock

In the past week, HCA has come under fire in Nashville, Miami, Richmond, Georgia, and nationally for what reporters are describing as a systemic and far reaching “money grab” scheme based on trauma fees. New reporting has discovered that HCA’s trauma centers charge significantly higher fees than non-HCA trauma centers in the same states, for all of the 14 states examined. In one state, HCA’s trauma fees are nearly 15 times greater than trauma fees at non-HCA trauma centers, an average a fee gap of more than $45,000.