I'll leave it to the Citizen reporter to provide the full story on Trent Humphries' health care forum. KGUN-9 made it their lead story on the 5 o'clock news. For those who missed it, it was quite enlightening. Here are a few memorable quotes from doctor-panelists at the forum:
"Orthopedics is required in every emergency room, but we don't have coverage for the whole month."
"You're living in a dream if you think the public health department can take care of you in an epidemic. Just look at the measles problem."
"We couldn't staff another trauma center even if we had one."
"Arizona is short over 2200 doctors."
"The national average is 293 doctors per 1000 patients. Arizona has 211 per thousand."
"Malpractice insurance in other states costs half of what it does in Arizona."
"We have only one neurosurgeon trying to cover all of the emergency rooms in Tucson."
"There are only five ears, nose, and throat specialists in all of Southern Arizona."
"The Bishop died because of the twelve hours it took to get him to Phoenix as a result of not having a neursurgeon to treat him here."
"The Border Patrol drops them off to be treated. The time that the illegals are being treated, they are in the custody of the hospital, and the feds don't pay for any of the treatment they get."
"When the Border Patrol doesn't come back to pick them up after we treat them, we have to pay to transport them to wherever they need to go."
"We don't have the sub-specialists we need in emergency. It takes six hours to locate a specialist and complete all the paperwork. It takes 8 to 12 hours to transport the patient to another facility. Sometimes we transport them to Phoenix, Texas, or New Mexico. Some patients won't make it."