As policymakers consider ways to strengthen trauma care, they must consider all types of traumatic injury and treatment costs, America’s Essential Hospitals said July 12 in testimony to the Health Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce.

In its testimony for the subcommittee’s hearing on strengthening the national trauma system, the association said essential hospitals are ideally positioned as front-line providers for traumatic events. They bring to bear not only expertise in trauma and other high-acuity care, but also research and data capabilities and public health functions. But these hospitals also operate with a zero percent margin on average, which puts at risk their ability to meet disaster response needs.

As Congress and other stakeholders work to improve survival rates and reduce permanent disabilities from traumatic injury, and achieve a vision of zero preventable deaths, it is essential that improvements considers all types of traumatic injury and the cost of treatment.

Read the association’s full testimony here.

Contact Shawn Gremminger, director of legislative affairs, at 202.585.0112 or sgremminger@essentialhospitals.org with questions.