Long drive, big problems for medical emergencies in rural Georgia | State Legislature | Macon.com

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Feb

Long drive, big problems for medical emergencies in rural Georgia | State Legislature | Macon.com

State Sen. David Lucas, D-Macon, has started studying rural issues since being elected to a Senate district that covers all or part of seven counties. He was surprised when he looked into access in Twiggs, Wilkinson, Hancock and Washington counties. Washington County does have a hospital.

In rural Georgia, “you’ve got hospitals that have already closed. You have more that might close,” he said.

He has filed a bill that would make it easier to open what he’s calling “stabilization centers”: tiny three- or four-bed facilities to aid people in emergencies before sending them on to a hospital.

The bill would exempt such centers from proving to the state there’s a demand for them, and they could keep afloat by getting a “certificate of need.”

A hearing on the bill is likely next week, but it has run into opposition and questions about how to pay for it.

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