Orlando (Fla.) Regional Medical Center will receive $1.9 million from Orange County, Fla., to help supplement the pay of nine neurosurgeons who threatened to walk off the job June 1 citing rapidly rising malpractice insurance premiums. The 517-bed hospital now will seek a combined $1.9 million subsidy from four other Florida counties and will contribute $2 million itself to retain the surgeons and prevent the closing of its trauma center, the only Level 1 center in central Florida. If the other counties approve the spending plan, the surgeons will receive a total increase in compensation of $5.8 million, or $2,500 increase per day of work, bringing each neurosurgeon's total pay to $4,000 per day. -- by Patrick Reilly
Fla. county agrees to help troubled trauma center
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