Huge medical bills were found to apply to the survivors of the massacre in Las Vegas hotel
U.S. gun violence doesn’t cost victims their health, but also their money. According to new information, the survivors of shootings will be charged, on average $5,254 (4,468 euros) per person for ER medical attention.
The info comes after Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured more than 500 in a gun attack at a country music festival in Las Vegas, hosted by the Mandalay Bay hotel.
The study releasing the figures, recently published in the Health Affairs journal, accounted for an eight-year period (2006-2014), summing up for 100,000 people shot each year and a medical care cost of more than $2.8bn (2.38 billion euros). Some patients were even charged $95,887 (81,457 euros) per night of hospitalization.
According to another study, 29.4 per cent of gun violence related medical care is payed by the patient, 21.4 by the private health insurance and 40.8 per cent by Medicare or Medicaid. Charity also covers the costs, as crowd-funding campaigns always support the victims.
So far, more than $9.1m (7.7m euros) were raised after the Las Vegas attack, in order to help the survivors overcome the tragedy.