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Florida hospitals won't bill Pulse survivors

Florida Hospital will not bill injured Pulse victims.
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Florida hospitals that cared for the victims of the Orlando shootings say they will not charge the people for whom they provided medical assistance.

Two of the hospitals, Florida Hospital and Regional Medical Center are not sending out bills to any of the treated Pulse survivors.

On June 12, 2016 A lone gunman entered the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and opened-fire, killing 49 people and injuring many more.

 Orlando Regional took in the majority of those hurt and nine died as a result of their injuries.

A spokesperson for Orlando Health said they have not sent any bills directly to patients and they do not intend to pursue medical costs from them.

They instead will seek payment from insurance plans and a special fund set up by city officials. Anything not covered by insurance will be written off. 

 “The Pulse shooting was a horrendous tragedy for the victims, their families and our entire community," Orlando Health President and CEO David Strong told the Orlando Sentinel. "During this very trying time, many organizations, individuals and charities have reached out to Orlando Health to show their support. This is simply our way of paying that kindness forward."

Florida Hospital President Daryl Tol also says his facility will not bill the treated victims either, saying it was incredible to see how the community came together in the wake of the Pulse shootings.

“We hope this gesture can add to the heart and goodwill that defines Orlando," Tol said,

Both Florida Health and Orlando Regional say they will work with patients who require re-checks and follow-up health care.