Orlando Pulse Shooting Victims Will Not be Billed by Hospitals

  1. Hospital officials from Orlando Health and Florida Hospital announced they will not be billing survivors of the Pulse nightclub massacre for out-of pocket medical expenses but will instead write off an estimated $5.5 million or more in care.

    The families of the nine Pulse victims who died shortly after arriving at Orlando Regional Medical Center will also not be charged.

    "I was so worried because I can't afford any of that," said Mario Lopez, 34, who was visiting from Miami when he went to the club after a friend's housewarming party.

    No one expected this to happen. My life was turned upside down, and then I had to worry about how I was going to pay back the hospital.
    Lopez's seven-hour hospital visit left him with a nightmarish $20,000 bill that he is now relieved he won't have to pay.

    For additional video and more on this story, go to Orlando Health, Florida Hospital won't bill Pulse shooting victims
    Last edit by Joe V on Dec 20, '16
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  3. by   JustBeachyNurse
    What an unprecedented act of compassion
  4. by   Surg-OncRN
    It is a great thing for the individuals that were shot.

    However, the citizens in that area and the state will absorb the cost of this write off when they go to get healthcare services at these facilities in the future. There is no right answer here, but it is not all a bed of roses. Someone pays for this. It does not just disappear out of a big hospital chains profits.

    Some of the victims did not have coverage. Paying their hospital bill will probably not encourage them to get coverage in case they are involved in another tragedy in the future.

    I just hope we do everything we can to prevent tragedy's like this in the future. That is a whole other conversation.