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"This is Marco Island taking action because of its own unique geographic reality. It is an island, and health care is not as readily available as it is elsewhere in Southwest Florida."
So you are telling me there are no other places in SW Florida that are a 20-25 minute drive to an ER facility? I find that hard to believe. What is difficult for me to grasp is the single ambulance support system. That is where I see an access to critical care gap - not a lack of a 24hr NON EMERGENCY clinic. A 25 minute ride in the car to get a sprained or a broken arm looked at isn't bad, but to have to wait for a backup ambulance from off island to transport a heart attack or stroke victim - well there's the problem...
If my understanding of this article is correct, why isn't the County being held to the fire to provide more comprehensive critical care care transport services? Or has City Council said no to this in the past?
If the County refuses to step up to the plate, can Marco residents and businesses go about the fundraising needed to purchase a 2nd emergency vehicle? I realize it needs to be staffed etc. but how about a voluntary first aid squad? I have always had access in rural & not so rural sections of the country that have had voluntary first aid squads which provide excellent care and rely on fundraising to keep it all going.
But I guess the real question needs to be put forth to the current fire/first aid squad as to what they have seen as deficient arrival times to requests for care.
My vote would be NO to clinic - Yes to ambulance..but that is not an option on the ballot.
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