Patt Morrison for July 27, 2012

The high cost of health care hits home for Aurora shooting victims

Colorado Community Mourns In Aftermath Of Deadly Movie Theater Shooting

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Buildings stand on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus July 22, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado.

Like many Americans, some of Aurora’s 58 wounded did not have health insurance, and now face huge medical bills. No one knows the exact number of how many of the shooting victims lack health insurance, but nearly one in three Coloradans have inadequate or no health insurance at all.

Who will pay the cost? Warner Brothers, the studio behind the Batman movie where the shooting took place, has pledged $2 million to help victims. And three of the five hospitals treating victims announced on Wednesday that they will lower or completely eliminate the cost of treatment.

But for victims that need long-term treatment, will this be enough? Are current victim compensation programs adequate?


Will the money still be there when the media attention has faded? And who will oversee the distribution of funds? Should there be a cap on total restitution? What can California learn from the tragedy in Aurora?


Dr. Howard Brody, Director for the medical humanities for the University of Texas Medical Branch, he is also a professor of family medicine

Jon Myers, Deputy Executive Officer of Legislation and Public Affairs at the California Victim Compensation Board

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