The New York Times
For Tucson Survivors, Health Care Cost Is Concern
By MARC LACEY and SAM DOLNICK
TUCSON — Seconds after gunfire erupted outside a supermarket here last month, Randy Gardner, one of those struck during the barrage, said another looming crisis immediately entered his mind.
“I wondered, ‘How much is this going to cost me?’ ” he said. “It was a thought that went through my head right away.”
Tucson’s medical system quickly swung into action after the shootings, with ambulances and medical helicopters rushing victims to hospitals where trauma specialists awaited them. The life-saving treatment the victims received over the ensuing days carried a heavy cost though, and the bills — the costliest of which may be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars for Representative Gabrielle Giffords— are still being tallied.
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