Las Vegas hospital waiving medical cost for mass shooting victims
A Las Vegas Hospital Is Waiving Medical Costs for Mass Shooting Victims
After the October 1 mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival left approximately 500 people injured, Las Vegas hospitals almost looked like "a war zone," one on-call doctor told NPR. The wounds caused by both gunshots and shrapnel left facilities rushing to treat the onslaught of victims, whether or not they had insurance.
But despite the serious and expensive procedures they required, patients at one area hospital will see one potential burden lifted from their shoulders. Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican told theLas Vegas Sunyesterday that victims who received care at their facilities won't have to pay out of pocket for their treatments.
"Our focus remains on the immediate medical and supportive care needs of the injured as well as their long-term healing process," said Jennifer Cooper, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican spokeswoman. "St. Rose does not intend to bill or require payment from any patient victims of this tragic event."
The hospital intends to recoup payment from insurers as well donors, but will swallow any potential difference in cost. St. Rose took in a total of 79 patients after the shooting, including three still in critical condition, theLas Vegas Sunreports.
Video: Las Vegas hospitals address how they will deal with medical costs of shooting victims
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