The Shark Tank Blog: Remove the Local Bureaucratic Red Tape in the Florida Keys from Critical Health Care Decisions

By Javier Manjarres

Since Congress’ recent failed attempt at passing the Obamacare-lite American Health Care Act, there has been a lot of talk about what we can actually do to improve health care in the country and our state.

As is the case with most concentrated issues like healthcare, the ability to make simple decisions along the way is key to success.

For instance, in the Florida Keys there has been a flurry of back and forth stories and attention about air ambulances. And for good reason. If you have a major accident or heart attack, you need to get to a trauma center quickly.

According to the Florida Department of Health, there are two trauma centers in Broward County, four in Miami-Dade County, and precisely zero in Monroe County. With only one major highway for residents and visitors to get in and out of the Keys, air ambulances are tremendously important there – maybe even more than in any other part of the state.