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When there's a tragedy, say the Boston bombing. Who pays for the damages and people's medical bills, etc?

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Really depends. Initially it would be up to each person's own insurance policies to cover basic care. After that, would be a matter of whether or not state/federal government wants to step in and offer additional relief measures, or compensation. Red Cross and other charities often step in as well.

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So if a person has no insurance, what then?
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Hospitals are required by law to provide emergency treatment to patients, but they generally try to discharge their indigent them once they're healthy enough to survive on their own.
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*indigent patients
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the Ted cross helps in disaster relief
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Yeah, they would definitely get care, but could easily end up owing thousands of dollars, depending on the severity of the injuries. Not to mention, if you can't work, you lose pay, etc... It's really not a good situation for anyone to be in.

To be fair though, at least with recent tragedies, agencies are better at stepping up. But in pre-9/11 cases, some of those victims and their families were pretty much screwed.
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even your insurance will call it an act of war and not pay
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@crow - very true!!
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How sad :(
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hmmmm....I would say the taxpayers which include you and me

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Taxpayers only get saddled with the bill if there is enough political support for it.
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I know I saw on the news that President Obama had established a "relief fund" of sorts and was offering all of the assistance the United States had to offer. I agree with Sephira. The Red Cross has already been playing a vital role.

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Generally " compensation funds" are created by congress, billions of dollars along with public assistance, fund raisers.Private insurance, if any, is first step.

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Good morning Bubble!
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Ultimately we all pay for it through our charitable donations, higher insurance costs, higher consumer prices and higher taxes and/or fewer services.
The massive explosion in Texas will also incur massive costs which will trickle down to all of us.

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The city pays for damage to city property, tho they may carry insurance. Not sure how that works but most likely, in the long run, tax payers will pay for clean up and repair.
Human injuries are paid for by the individuals insurance.

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I believe people are to use their own insurance.

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Hi S!! : )
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It always makes me smile when I see your name since you explained it haha! So cute!
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usually compensation is the government money but medical coverage is people insurance

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Initially their private health insurance. After that I imagine state and federal government would give aid. Also there more than likely be multiple special charities for the victims.

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if i had a choice...i would say who ever did it!!

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