More than two months after the tragic Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, FL, two hospitals in the state have stepped up to generously write off millions of dollars in medical bills for victims of the shooting. Staggering medical expenses can be detrimental to many families, but now, many individuals will find their bills waived. Get all of the details here.
Dozens of people were injured in the awful June 12 shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, and Orlando Regional Medical Center and Florida Hospital — two of the hospitals that treated the victims — will not bill survivors for out-of-pocket medical expenses, per official statements made on Aug. 24. Officials say that between the two, an estimated $5.5 million in bills will be written off.
Orlando Regional Medical Center, which treated a majority of the victims of the attack, announced that it “would seek payment from other resources such as insurance plans and a victims’ fund established by city officials”, rather than billing the patients themselves. “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,” the hospital said in an official statement.
Twelve survivors were treated at Florida Hospital, which also stated that it will not bill for any of its services. “It was incredible to see how our community came together in the wake of the senseless Pulse shooting,” said Daryl Tol, president and chief executive of Florida Hospital and Adventist Health System’s Central Florida Region. “We hope this gesture can add to the heart and goodwill that defines Orlando.”
In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in our modern history, it’s vital for medical institutions like these to use their power to come forward and serve the community. Do you agree, HollywoodLifers?