Oklahoma hospital will not charge homecoming crash victims for ER treatment

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TULSA, Okla. (Reuters) -- The Oklahoma hospital that treated about 40 people after a woman driving a vehicle plowed into a crowd at a university homecoming parade last month will not bill the patients for their initial treatment, hospital officials said on Friday.

Stillwater Medical Center will cover some costs through automobile insurance claims and probably take a loss on other billing from the aftermath of the Oct. 24 crash that killed four people at the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade.

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Oklahoma hospital will not charge homecoming crash victims for ER treatment
STILLWATER, OK - OCTOBER 24: Emergency officials stand over a crash scene including a wrecked police motorcycle after a suspected drunk driver crashed into a crowd of spectators during the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade near the Boone Pickens Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The car slammed into a crowd, killing three and injuring at least 22 before the Kansas Oklahoma State football game. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)
STILLWATER, OK - OCTOBER 24: Emergency officials stand over the car that was involved after a suspected drunk driver crashed into a crowd of spectators during the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade near the Boone Pickens Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The car slammed into a crowd, killing three and injuring at least 22 before the Kansas Oklahoma State football game. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)
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"We know this has been a very difficult time for our patients and our community," CEO Jerry Moeller said in a statement.

According to the Stillwater NewsPress, the hospital will not file claims with private health insurance providers for emergency room (ER) visits and hospital stays associated with the crash.

The hospital will work with individuals whose injuries required follow-up visits or treatment, such as physical therapy, on a one-on-one basis to either file health insurance claims or to apply for financial assistance through its foundation.

A suspect, 25-year-old Adacia Chambers, is scheduled to be back in court on Dec. 10 to face charges including second-degree murder.

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