Calling it a life or death issue, Chicago doctors, residents and lawmakers pleaded Monday for better access to emergency medical care in neighborhoods where there is none.
The so-called trauma deserts are areas where there are no emergency room hospitals nearby.
In those neighborhoods, people have to drive several miles to get immediate care.
U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) is trying to change that.
Rush announced proposed legislation called the Trauma Act.
The measure’s goal is to provide resources to improve or set up more trauma centers and emergency networks across the country.
Rush says trauma deserts are common not only in poor urban areas but in rural America as well.