Oh, the Love.

 REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

REUTERS/Carlo Allegri.

Two Florida hospitals will not seek payment of medical bills from the dozens of people treated for injuries suffered in the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in June, officials at the health facilities said.

The move leaves the hospitals with estimated unreimbursed costs topping $5.5 million, they said on Thursday.


“It was incredible to see how our community came together in the wake of the senseless Pulse shooting,” said Daryl Tol, president and CEO of Florida Hospital. “We hope this gesture can add to the heart and goodwill that defines Orlando.”

Florida Hospital treated 12 shooting victims at a cost of about $525,400, it said.

Orlando Health said in a statement that it expects to absorb costs exceeding $5 million after payments from funding sources such as insurance plans. Its main hospital, Orlando Regional Medical Center, treated 44 patients at its trauma center located a few blocks from the nightclub.


“During this very trying time, many organizations, individuals, and charities have reached out to Orlando Health to show their support,” Orlando Health President and CEO David Strong said in a statement. “This is simply our way of paying that kindness forward.”

Another huge shoutout for people being great! My heart may have grown a size here.

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  1. Johnny Vector says

    Bryan Lambert at youaredumb.net, as usual, nails it:

    In feel-good news that’s only really feel-good if you don’t extrapolate from it, Florida hospitals will be writing off the costs of billing the victims of the Orlando shooting for the care they received as a result of a shooting. And that’s great. I think we all agree that the victims of that tragedy shouldn’t be responsible for the medical bills incurred as the result of that tragedy. Just, you know. Don’t extrapolate.

    Because every single day, people incur massive medical bills due to tragedies that aren’t their fault. Other mass shootings. Other regular shootings. Drunk drivers. Assaults. Hate crimes. Natural disasters. All things as bad as what happened to many of the wounded in Orlando. Do they deserve their medical bills? Extrapolate it out, and it becomes a clear argument for single-payer. Or, you know, we could just look at the $304 EpiPen.

  2. says

    Y’know, I know all that already. But look at all the stuff I report on every single day -- negative, negative, negative, racism, theft, murder, hatred, bigotry, it. never. fucking. ends.

    Yes, of course uStates is a mire of fuckedupedness, full of miserable dratsabs who want nothing more than to hurt others. Is it so fucking bad that I want to be able to clean myself with 5 fucking seconds of nice, on the rare occasions it can be found?

    I am sorry to take this out on you, but it’s been happening a whole lot lately, this “oh yeah, that’s great, BUT…”

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