University Health System, San Antonio, has proposed a quarter-cent increase in Texas' sales tax to finance emergency care for the uninsured. The tax increase would generate approximately $600 million annually, to be placed in a state health department fund. Urban hospital districts and trauma centers are reporting increased patient loads and millions of dollars in unreimbursed costs, officials said. The health system, which includes one hospital and five health centers, proposed a county tax increase in the last legislative session -- without success. -- Patrick Reilly
Texas system seeks tax increase for trauma care
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