Hospital to waive ER bill for victims of Oklahoma State University homecoming car crash

Officials from Stillwater (Okla.) Medical Center said it will not bill about 40 patients for initial treatment in its emergency room from a car crash that killed four at Oklahoma State University's homecoming parade last month, according to Reuters.

On Oct. 24, a 25-year-old woman drove into the crowd at the parade, injuring 46 people, NBC News reported. She had a blood alcohol level of 0.01, far below the 0.08 limit, according to the report.

"We know this has been a very difficult time for our patients and our community," Stillwater Medical Center CEO Jerry Moeller said in a statement, according to Reuters. "We wanted to do our best to ease the minds of the victims from the tragic event."

The hospital will not file claims with private payers for the ER services and hospital stays for the victims, though it plans to cover some costs with automobile insurance claims, according to the report.

Reuters reported the hospital does plan to file health insurance claims or seek financial assistance through its foundation for patients who require follow-up treatment.

 

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