From 10% to 20% of the nation's 600 regional trauma centers will close within three years without additional funding, and even more money will be needed to prepare the nation's trauma network to respond to terrorist attacks, the National Foundation for Trauma Care said in a report.
Trauma centers already suffer from inadequate reimbursement from public and private payers. Yet, they will need additional capacity, equipment and staffing to accommodate large numbers of injured people resulting from a terrorist attack, according to the report.
"While some trauma centers have received a small amount of funding to prepare for biological and chemical attacks, no funding for their role specific to treating serious injuries resulting from terrorist attacks has been forthcoming," the foundation said. Read the report.