Orlando Hospital Won't Make Pulse Nightclub Shooting Victims Pay Medical Bills
By Zach Seemayer
Many of the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida won't be faced with having to pay medical bills for their treatment.
Orlando Regional Medical Center, where a majority of victims injured in the June rampage were taken for emergency care, won't be sending those patients bills for their treatment, which could come out to more than $5 million in total for the hospital.
"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 Orlando Regional's parent network in a statement to ET.
Furthermore, Orlando Health has pledged to help the victims with their future medical needs to the best of their ability.
'We can’t predict the future needs of these patients, their financial situations, or what the state or federal governments may require us to do for charity policies," their statement continued.
"So, while we can’t assume the answer is free care forever, we will use our very generous charity and financial assistance policies to assess the best way to ensure our patients get quality care here at Orlando Health in the most fiscally responsible manner."
49 people were killed and 53 others were injured during the mass shooting terror attack inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, on June 12. The shooter, Omar Mateen, was killed by police after a three-hour standoff.
Orlando Health President and CEO David Strong said in a statement to ET, "The Pulse shooting was a horrendous tragedy for the victims, their families, and our entire community."
"During this very trying time, many organizations, individuals, and charities have reached out to Orlando Health to show their support," Strong added. "This is simply our way of paying that kindness forward."