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Mass shooting victims face large uncovered medical and long-term care costs

The ongoing American epidemic of mass shootings is forcing hospitals to develop new skills in helping patients with large medical costs.

It’s also spotlighting serious gaps in insurance coverage for medical and long-term care. Hospitals in Fort Worth, Texas, Las Vegas, San Bernardino, Calif., Aurora, Colo., Orlando, Fla., Newtown, Conn. and other areas have had to help shooting victims cope with major uncovered costs. Such costs include inpatient care, follow-up surgeries and other treatments, mental healthcare, rehabilitation and skilled-nursing care, durable medical equipment, personal care, and living costs while the patients are not able to work.

The needs have been exacerbated by the proliferation of health plans with high deductibles and coinsurance requirements, leaving patients exposed to many thousands of dollars in cost-sharing. Severely injured patients needing repeat surgeries may hit their out-of-pocket spending limits multiple years in a row, forcing them into bankruptcy. On top of that, even insured patients may

Read more at: http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20171227/NEWS/171229940

A Las Vegas Hospital Is Waiving Medical Costs for Mass Shooting Victims

After the October 1 mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival left approximately 500 people injured, Las Vegas hospitals almost looked like “a war zone,” one on-call doctor told NPR. The wounds caused by both gunshots and shrapnel left facilities rushing to treat the onslaught of victims, whether or not they had insurance.

But despite the serious and expensive procedures they required, patients at one area hospital will see one potential burden lifted from their shoulders. Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican told the Las Vegas Sun yesterday that victims who received care at their facilities won’t have to pay out of pocket for their treatments.

“Our focus remains on the immediate medical and supportive care needs of the injured as well as

Read more at: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/news/a46464/las-vegas-hospital-waives-medical-costs/