Some Colorado Hospitals Will Limit Medical Bills for Aurora Theater Shooting Victims

| by Michael Allen

Days before the birth of their first child, Caleb and Kate Medley went to a midnight showing of 'The Dark Knight Rises' in Aurora, Colorado, that turned into the horrible massacre.

Caleb, who is uninsured, took a bullet to the eye and is in a medically induced coma. He is expected to take years to recover.

While Caleb’s family is raising money for his care, uninsured victims of the shooting at other hospitals got some good news.

Perhaps bowing to public pressure and media coverage, three of the five hospitals, where victims are being treated, announced on Thursday that they will be limiting or eliminating their hospital costs.

The Washington Post reports:

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.

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. However, the company cautioned its policy may not apply to all doctors working in its hospitals.

The Denver Health Medical Center and University of Colorado Hospital, where Caleb and other victims are being treated have not said if they will do the same.

The University of Colorado Hospital said in a statement: “We’re going to do everything that we can for these patients on a case by case basis. The University Colorado Hospital provides $300 million in uncompensated care every year.”

Money donated from concerned citizens and Warner Bros., which released the movie 'The Dark Knight Rises' has already totaled $2 million, the Associated Press reported today.