Should the telephone surcharge be increased and other funds for
emergency room physicians, hospital emergency rooms, community
clinics, emergency personnel training/equipment, and
911 telephone system be allocated?
- Provides funding to physicians for uncompensated emergency care, hospitals for emergency services, community clinics for uncompensated care, emergency personnel training/equipment, and emergency telephone system improvements.
- Funded by addition of 3% to existing surcharge rate on telephone use within California, portions of tobacco taxes, and criminal and traffic penalties.
- Limits surcharge collected by residential telephone service providers to 50 cents per month. Monthly cap does not apply to cell phones or business lines.
- Excludes funding from government appropriations limitations, and telephone surcharge from Proposition 98's school spending requirements
Increased state revenues
of about $500 million annually to reimburse physicians and
hospitals for uncompensated emergency medical services and
other specified purposes. Continues $32 million in state
funding for physicians and clinics for uncompensated medical
- A YES vote of this measure means:
- The state would
impose a 3 percent emergency
telephone surcharge, in addition
to the existing surcharge,
on bills for telephone services
for calls made within the state.
These revenues would be used
to provide additional funds
to reimburse physicians and
hospitals for uncompensated
emergency and trauma care
and to fund other specified
- A NO vote of this measure means:
- A NO vote on this measure
means: The emergency telephone
would continue to be limited
to 0.75 percent on bills for
telephone services for calls
made within the state.
Additional funding to reimburse
physicians and hospitals
for uncompensated emergency
and trauma care, or for
other specified programs,
would continue to depend
largely upon action by the
Legislature and Governor.
- Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 67:
- FIREFIGHTERS, PARAMEDICS,
DOCTORS, AND NURSES
SAY: PROP. 67 will make
sure emergency medical care
is available when you and
your family need it most.
Emergency rooms are closing.
Others are severely overcrowded.
room doctors, and nurses are
overwhelmed. SAVE EMERGENCY
CARE. SAVE LIVES.
YES ON PROP. 67.
Full Text of Argument In Favor
- Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 67:
- Prop. 67 is a $540 million
phone tax--a tax on talking.
There's no cap on cell phone
or business phone taxes. More
than 1 million seniors will be
affected. 90% of the money
goes to large health care corporations
and special interests--with no mandatory
audits or financial controls.
Full Text of Argument Against
- Contact FOR Proposition 67:
- Coalition to Preserve Emergency Care, sponsored by fire-fighters, paramedics, doctors,
nurses, and healthcare providers-Yes on 67
191 Ridgeway Avenue
Oakland, CA 94611
- Contact AGAINST Proposition 67:
- No on 67-Californians to Stop the Phone Tax
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