Two Orlando hospitals say they won’t charge the victims of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting.
The majority of people wounded in the June 12 shooting that killed 49 people were taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, and the hospital says none of them will be charged.
Orlando Health, which runs Orlando Regional Medical Center, said in a statement to BringMeTheNews it hasn’t 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 treated nine people who died – their families will also not be charged, the Orlando Sentinel reports. One person remains hospitalized there, the paper adds.
Orlando Regional’s unreimbursed medical costs could exceed $5 million, Orlando Health says. It will send bills to health insurers for patients with coverage – whatever isn’t covered will be absorbed by the hospital chain, a spokeswoman told the Orlando Sentinel.
Florida Hospital also says it won’t be billing the 12 survivors it treated following the attack, ABC News reports.
“It was incredible to see how our community came together in the wake of the senseless Pulse shooting,” Daryl Tol, president and chief executive of Florida Hospital and Adventist Health System’s Central Florida Region, said in a statement, according to the Washington Post. “We hope this gesture can add to the heart and goodwill that defines Orlando.”
Mario Lopez, a 34 year old who was injured in the shooting, is relieved the hospitals are waiving patients’ bills because he’s uninsured, ABC News says. He spent seven hours at the hospital, which could have left him with a $20,000 bill.
Officials continue to investigate the Pulse shooting, which they have described as a hate crime and an act of terrorism, the Washington Post says. The shooting is considered the deadliest mass shooting in the United States.