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Indigent care costs high

October 7, 2002

Albany-- Phoebe Putney Hospital will spend more than $17 million this year providing health care to Dougherty Countians without insurance.

The County contributes around $2.2 million to help cover costs that the hospital incurs from indigent care. But, for the past five years the hospital has taken full responsibility for the expenses, returning the millions back to the County.

Monday, the Hospital Authority agreed to drop the payment arraignment for good. Phoebe Putney CEO Joel Wernick says, "This cancellation in no way minimizes the hospital's commitment to care. Phoebe has a lease agreement with the hospital authority to provide the continued mission."

The County collected the indigent care money from the 1.5 mil ad velorum tax.

Posted at 3:58 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com

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