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Who pays after the devastating Orlando shooting?
After a tragedy, who pays the bill? There has been a lot of talk lately about medical costs and medical debt, even as the Affordable Care Act helps more Americans get the treatment they need without taking on crippling debt. Even with more people covered, medical treatment is still a massive expense. The medical costs weren’t discussed much in the aftermath of the Orlando shooting at the Pulse nightclub. However, the financial impact of the Orlando shooting could have set victims back for years.
Luckily, those who are still recovering from the horrific Orlando shooting can now rest a little easier. As reported by Out Magazine, local hospitals will forgive Pulse victims’ medical debts that are not covered by insurance, absorbing an estimated $5.5 million in healthcare costs.
David Strong, CEO and President of Orlando Health, explained the reasons behind this debt forgiveness, telling the Orlando Sentinel, “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.”
For victims still dealing with ongoing medical issues and psychological trauma–as well as the families of those who died while being treated by local hospitals following the shooting–the elimination of medical debts related to the shooting will be a big relief, allowing victims to focus on healing and recovery instead of worrying about being saddled with debt.
After the Orlando Shooting, An Unknown Future
While most of the injured Pulse victims have now returned home, there is still a long road to recovery for many. In fact, one victim is still hospitalized and receiving ongoing care. A tragedy like the Pulse shooting can leave many needing lifetime care, as long-term effects of the shooting may not emerge for years.
Orlando hospitals have pledged to work with victims to ensure they receive the care they need. “We can’t predict the future needs of these patients,” Orlando Health spokeswoman Kena Lewis said. “We will use our very generous charity and financial assistance policies to assess the best way to help.”
The community’s response to the Pulse shooting has been overwhelming, from the initial rush to donate blood and support charitable organizations to the outpouring of support in the weeks following the attack. The hospitals’ forgiveness of the victims’ medical debts is an important show of generosity and support.