Some Dark Knight Victims Won't Face Medical Bills

Hospitals in Aurora will cover or reduce costs

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jul 25, 2012 7:07 PM CDT

(Newser) – Three hospitals taking care of people wounded in the Colorado theater shooting said today 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 it would use donations and its charity care fund 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. Those hospitals have treated 22 shooting victims. There was no immediate word on what the other two hospitals would to do. Members of the public, along with Dark Knight studio Warner Bros., have contributed nearly $2 million to help victims pay their bills.

An Aurora police officer talks on his radio outside of the Century 16 theater on July 20.
An Aurora police officer talks on his radio outside of the Century 16 theater on July 20.   (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
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