A Las Vegas Hospital Is Waiving Medical Costs for Mass Shooting Victims

Caroline Picard

From Good Housekeeping

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 the Las Vegas Sun yesterday that victims who received care at their facilities won't have to pay out of pocket for their treatments.

Wow.

Posted by ABC15 Arizona on Wednesday, October 11, 2017

"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, the Las Vegas Sun reports.

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Other local medical facilities are following suit. Both the University Medical Center and Sunrise Hospital plan to work with donors to alleviate any victims' financial concerns. A state program called Victims of Violent Crime can also help erase any debts stemming from the horrific event.

"All of the patients from this tragedy would be eligible for this program," Gretchen Papez, a spokeswoman for Valley Health System, told the Las Vegas Sun. "If the patient completes all the paperwork - which includes an application and filing a police report - then the program will pay, and there will be no balance due from the patient."

Two ambulance services - American Medical Response and MedicWest Ambulance - also intend to withhold charges, according to Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak.

While the events on October 1 left the entire nation in mourning, the collective efforts to help everyone affected by the shooting has provided some heartening news in the face of tragedy.

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