The events that occurred in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017 were devastating across the country. According to eyewitnesses following the mass shooting, hospitals in the area looked like war zones as hundreds of people rushed to be treated.
One hospital in the area has committed to doing everything they can to help. They have gone beyond providing medical care, though. They have also committed to waiving any out-of-pocket medical fees for victims of the shooting.
Dignity Health—St. Rose Dominican told the “Las Vegas Sun” that they would bill third-party payers (insurance companies), but did not intend to require payment from victims. Instead, they committed to looking at other avenues, including fundraisers, to help cover the costs.
St. Rose Dominican isn’t the only hospital in the area to help shooting victims. University Medical Center, Sunrise will also be holding donation drives to assist victims with their medical costs.
According to a representative of Sunrise Hospital, “Our primary focus at this time is taking care of patient needs; we will be extremely sensitive to the financial status of all Sunrise Hospital patients impacted by last Sunday’s mass casualty event.”
Other companies have also committed to not billing victims. American Medical Response and MedWest Ambulance (medical emergency transport companies) do not intend to bill any victims for transport or medical aid.
As of October 12th, there were 31 victims of the shooting who remained in hospitals, many in intensive care units or critical condition. Even those who have been dispatched from the hospitals face a long recovery process to heal themselves and their bodies from the trauma that occurred.
During the shooting, some heroes went out of their way to save lives. Read their stories here.