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  • Orlando Hospitals Tell Pulse Nightclub Shooting Victims That Their Money Is No Good (VIDEO)

    Gun Culture, Human Interest

    In June the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, which killed 49 people in the LGBTQ community, took place at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

    Two hospitals, Orlando Health and Florida Hospital, were flooded with critically injured patients following the horrific actions of a disturbed lone gunman.

    However, after what seems like one of the darkest chapters in U.S. history, both hospitals shared a surprising revelation that has managed to restore many people’s faith in humanity.

    The hospitals announced on Wednesday that none of the shooting victims were charged for any medical expenses, and the hospital does not plan to any future reimbursement.

    “Orlando Health has not sent any hospital or medical bills directly to Pulse patients and we don’t intend to pursue reimbursement of medical costs from them,” said Sabrina Childress, a spokeswoman for Orlando Health.

    Orlando Health also said it would seek other options to help victims who with costs related to ongoing treatment.

    “These include state and federal funds, private insurance, victim funds like the One Orlando fund, disability insurance, Florida’s crime victim compensation program, funding sources established for individual victims, means-tested programs like Medicaid, as well as charity care provided by Orlando Health,” the hospital said in a statement.

    However, even with the funding options in place, Orlando Health estimated it’s total unreimbursed cost just north of $5 million.

    Daryl Tol, president of Florida Hospital, note that the token mirrored the spirit of the community and their actions following the tragedy.

    “It was incredible to see how our community came together in the wake of the senseless Pulse shooting,” Tol said in a statement.
    “We hope this gesture can add to the heart and goodwill that defines Orlando.”
    Orlando Health’s primary hospital — the Orlando Regional Medical Center — is located only a few blocks from the Pulse nightclub.
    According to the Orlando Sentinel, the medical center treated 44 Pulse victims. Of those treated, nine died at the hospital, and the hospital stated that those families would not be charged either.
    Orlando Health did bill the insurance companies for those patients who had coverage, however, they also wrote off any treatments not covered by their medical plans.
    Florida Hospital treated 12 Pulse victims and said that it does not plan to bill the victims nor their insurance companies. The hospital estimates that their total reimbursed costs could surpass $525,000.
    According to the Sentinel, both hospitals say that they are still working with victims who require follow=up surgeries and care.

    Joe Clark

    I'm originally from Louisiana, just outside of New Orleans; now living North Texas. I'm a reformed "South Park Conservative" who has grown passionate about progressive issues like social justice, education, criminal justice reform, gun control, ending the war on drugs, and economic inequality. I believe America's a stronger nation when we come together as one to find a solution and humble ourselves enough to consider other points of view from our neighbors around the world. I don't believe in American exceptionalism, but I do believe America can only be an exceptional place as long as we can be brutally honest about its strengths and weaknesses.