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Wed Jul 25, 2012, 07:11 PM

No medical bills for some Colo. shooting victims

Source: AP

DENVER (AP) -- Three hospitals taking care of people wounded in the Colorado theater shooting say they will limit or completely wipe out medical bills for the victims.

Some victims, many of them young, are uninsured and face mounting hospital bills.

Children's Hospital Colorado announced Wednesday it would use donations to cover the medical expenses of the uninsured. For those who do have insurance, the hospital says it will waive all co-pays for shooting victims it is treating.

HealthOne, which owns the Medical Center of Aurora and Swedish Medical Center, also says it will limit or eliminate charges based on the individual circumstances of the patients.

Read more: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_COLORADO_SHOOTING_MEDICAL_BILLS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-07-25-18-56-36




Looking forward to hearing what the two remaining hospitals have to say.



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Reply No medical bills for some Colo. shooting victims (Original post)
Tx4obama Jul 2012 OP
warrior1 Jul 2012 #1
gopiscrap Jul 2012 #2
calimary Jul 2012 #3
RedRocco Jul 2012 #12
avaistheone1 Jul 2012 #15
ailsagirl Jul 2012 #4
DaveJ Jul 2012 #5
Tx4obama Jul 2012 #8
DaveJ Jul 2012 #19
still_one Jul 2012 #6
woo me with science Jul 2012 #11
kestrel91316 Jul 2012 #7
hamsterjill Jul 2012 #10
FailureToCommunicate Jul 2012 #9
Crunchy Frog Jul 2012 #18
LiberalEsto Jul 2012 #13
Panasonic Jul 2012 #14
astonamous Jul 2012 #16
area51 Jul 2012 #17
reformist2 Jul 2012 #20
samsingh Jul 2012 #21
Posteritatis Jul 2012 #22
JI7 Jul 2012 #23
4th law of robotics Jul 2012 #24
musical_soul Jul 2012 #25
KansDem Jul 2012 #26
wayne cloud Mar 2013 #27
Rhiannon12866 Mar 2013 #28

Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 07:15 PM

1. Wow

That's what stepping up to the plate is all about. Good on them. Bravo!

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 07:16 PM

2. That is wonderful but this is what everyone

should have..NO MEDICAL BILLS UNIVERSAL SINGLE PAYER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Response to gopiscrap (Reply #2)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 07:31 PM

3. Agreed! It shouldn't take a national tragedy. That said, however, I'm really gratified

to see this. Putting heart above wallet.

Can't wait to hear from the teabaggers about how these victims somehow are morphed into lazy moochers.

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Response to gopiscrap (Reply #2)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 08:50 PM

12. too bad I couldn't have been there to be shot

I got some scary shit going on in my throat with no way to deal with it

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Response to gopiscrap (Reply #2)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 09:22 PM

15. Yes, everyone should have universal single payer.

 

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 07:34 PM

4. Very glad to hear that

I hope everyone who was wounded who doesn't have insurance will be able to do that.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 07:45 PM

5. Great, but looks like they are using donations

It's like when we donate money at the store and then see a sign at the end of year saying how much "the store" donated. It's the donors who should be thanked.

As of yesterday, givingfirst.org announced $2 million has already been raised. It's a great country we live in where we really care for one another in the face of violence. I wish the same were true all the time.

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Response to DaveJ (Reply #5)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 08:36 PM

8. That 2 million donated money will barely cover ONE PERSON.


The one man that is in the induced coma and in critical condition (and also lost his eye) his hospital bill they said the other day will top TWO MILLION alone.

So, yes we should thank the folks that donated - but I'm guessing what the hospitals write off will be MANY MANY MANY millions.

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #8)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 08:48 AM

19. We can collectively support Caleb

I'm going to send a few dollars, and these days Facebook is a powerful tool, so I'm spreading the word:

https://www.facebook.com/supportcalebmedley

Since the victims were young it's not surprising some had no insurance.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 07:46 PM

6. Isn't that special, however, everyday someone falls upon the same thing, and usually it is assigned

To a collection agency

What in the hell is wrong with our government if basic healthcare cannot be provided without facing bankruptcy?

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Response to still_one (Reply #6)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 08:48 PM

11. Thank you.

You nailed the REAL point here.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 08:26 PM

7. Good. NONE of these victims should have to pay a single dime.

 

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #7)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 08:44 PM

10. And they should be able to concentrate on recovery

Not have to worry about bills, etc.

I hope there will be help, too, for the families whose loved ones were killed.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 08:43 PM

9. Liability insurance should be required of gun owners

Last edited Thu Jul 26, 2012, 01:39 PM - Edit history (1)

and enough to cover expenses of victims!

The lame policy offered by the NRA is "only for the member... and only if hunting...or going to a NRA event."

Gun violence victims: Nada

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Response to FailureToCommunicate (Reply #9)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 05:56 AM

18. You bring up a good point, and one I've always wondered about.

Why aren't gun owners required to carry real liability insurance? If guns in the aggregate are so safe, as gun proponents argue, then this insurance shouldn't be too burdensome when it's spread amongst all gun owners. But whenever I've broached that idea, I've gotten shot down (figuratively). There's something that I'm just not getting.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 09:11 PM

13. They should send the bills to the NRA

 

and as far as I'm concerned, the medical bills for each and every victim of similar shootings should be laid at the NRA's door too.

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Response to LiberalEsto (Reply #13)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 09:20 PM

14. They should send out the massive millions of dollars in unpaid bills to NRA for gun violence that

 

they love to advocate, but run away when they have to deal with the issues.

Here's another thing - NRA should be paying over $2 million PER victim and $25 million PER life extinguished by Holmes. And finally dissolved as a right-wing crank.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 11:07 PM

16. Will they also cover all the physical therapy,

mental therapy and ongoing medical bills these folks are going to need for the rest of their lives?

Don't get me wrong, I think the hospitals agreeing to wipe out or reduce the cost of care for these victims is a great thing but if we had universal health care it would ALL be covered and the doctors and hospitals wouldn't have to "donate" their resources and we could fund-raise for building an art space/memorial in the place of theater #9.

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Response to astonamous (Reply #16)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 02:32 AM

17. +1 n/t

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 09:01 AM

20. This is a good example of how medicine is more a charity than a business.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 12:22 PM

21. kick

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 12:36 PM

22. "some" (nt)

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2012, 05:42 PM

23. CNN was covering this with Anderson Cooper, people shouldn't have to beg, and an innocent person

will be shot again in this country . will that person's medical bills be waved also or just if it receives national attention.

i'm fine with people wanting to give money. like in the case of that bus driver who was bullied by those kids. it wasn't a case of need but people just wanting to do something for her.

and that would be fine in this case also if people want to raise money for victims . money they can use for things like vacation or anything else they want.

but they shouldn't have to rely on money being raised this way for medical bills. or hoping the hospital will not charge them.

and fucking idiots at CNN can't see the connection between these type of stories and health care policy debate.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Jul 27, 2012, 11:05 AM

24. That's nice and all but I don't see what makes their situation

 

on a personal level any different than a thousand other people.

You get shot and go bankrupt covering the bills: meh.

You and a bunch of other people get shot and risk bankrupcty: this will not stand!

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Jul 27, 2012, 11:14 AM

25. That is really nice of them.

It's hard enough for people to recover without having to worry about bills. Good on the hospitals.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Jul 27, 2012, 11:21 AM

26. "Some victims, many of them young, are uninsured and face mounting hospital bills."

What?!! No cheering from the right-wingers?


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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Mon Mar 11, 2013, 06:15 AM

27. hi.

Great! Thanks for the info. haven't heard of this before. Well, its good to know that [url=http://personalmoneynetwork.com/moneyblog/?s=hospital+bills]hospital bills[/url] will to pay for them immediately. =)

hospital bills

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Response to wayne cloud (Reply #27)

Tue Mar 12, 2013, 01:20 AM

28. I certainly agree, such a horrific situation. :(

Welcome to DU, wayne cloud! It's great to have you with us!

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