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August 25, 2016

Orlando Hospitals Won’t Bill Pulse Survivors for Treatment

Nonprofit hospitals in Orlando, Fla., that treated victims of Pulse nightclub massacre said Wednesday that no survivors of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history will pay out of pocket for their care, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Orlando Regional Medical Center and Florida Hospital will write off an estimated $5.5 million for treatment related to the June 12 attack that killed 49 people.

Orlando Regional Medical Center, which is located a few blocks from the nightclub and treated most of the victims, will bill health insurers where applicable and absorb all costs that aren’t covered by outside providers, said its parent company, Orlando Health. Families of patients who died at the hospital also will not be charged. Florida Hospital said it will bill neither insurers nor patients for Pulse-related care, including any necessary follow-up surgeries for victims.