City Must Decide How to Use Hepatitis Money

The city of Las Vegas could make a decision today on how to spend the $500,000 paid by the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada for its role in the hepatitis crisis.

The investigation into the case is expected to cost millions and the two lead agencies are Metro police and the Southern Nevada Health District. The health district sent a letter to Senator Harry Reid saying this will eventually cost taxpayers $5.3 million.

The city currently has $500,000 in hand. Mayor Oscar Goodman thinks some of that money should go to patients to help them pay for hepatitis C testing. However, he also said the money needs to be used to pay for organizing patient records. Metro confiscated more than a 100,000 medical files.

A contractor is indexing the files and Metro has started moving forward with the task despite a lack of funding. Sheriff Doug Gillespie wants patients to have access to those records as soon as possible.

So far, of the 1,300 requests for those records, investigators have only been able to provide records for 100 people.


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