Florida hospitals will cover medical bills for Pulse shooting victims
The health care providers have decided to extend amnesty to victims.
Two Florida hospitals
will absorb the costs of medical care for victims of this summer’s shooting at Pulse in Orlando.
Orlando Health and Florida Hospital
won’t bill any of the survivors who underwent medical care, which cost a total of about $5.5 million. Florida Hospital is going even further; it won’t bill the insurance providers and will cover the cost of all follow-up visits. Orlando Health will charge the insurance providers, but cover all the out-of-pocket costs, and is open to assisting with follow-up care as well.
“The Pulse shooting was a horrendous tragedy for the victims, their families and our entire community,” Orlando Health president and CEO David Strong told the paper. “During this very trying time, many organizations, individuals, and charities have reached out to Orlando Health to show their support. This is simply our way of paying that kindness forward.” […]
The news came as relief to shooting survivors like Mario Lopez, 34, who was grazed by a bullet and injured his left side and elbow. “His seven-hour hospital visit left him with a new nightmare: a potential $20,000-bill,” the Sentinel noted. Lopez told the paper he was relieved because he would have been unable to cover the bill.
Crying. These are the kinds of things we sometimes don’t even think about in the aftermath of a mass shooting; this is so important.