Hurricane Sandy Causes Estimated $3.1B in Damage to NY Healthcare Sector

New York's policy leaders, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and county officials, have estimated the damage cost of Hurricane Sandy is almost $42 billion — and $3.1 billion of that total represents damage to hospitals and other healthcare organizations.

Gov. Cuomo has requested the billions in financial aid from the federal government. The $42 billion figure is based on repair and restoration costs as well as mitigation and prevention costs from October's superstorm.

Most of the healthcare-related costs fell within New York City. According to the state's estimates, hospitals and other providers in New York City suffered almost $2.8 billion in damage — or 91 percent of the healthcare sector's damage costs.

NYU Langone Medical Center and hospitals within the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation were among the hardest hit in New York's health sector. Housing, as well as transit, roads and bridges, represented the biggest portions of the state's recovery costs.

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