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Oklahoma County, hospital fight over inmates' bills
February 28, 2015 22:09 GMT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A legal spat between OU Medical Center and the county over who should pay for jail inmates' emergency medical care has landed at the state Supreme Court.

The Oklahoman newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/1E5pHoC ) the hospital wants roughly $3 million from the county to cover the unpaid bills. A county district judge has ruled while the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office has a "constitutional duty" to provide medical care to all county jail inmates, there's no complementary duty to force it to pay for that medical care.

Hospital attorney Kieran Maye alleges the Oklahoma County Commissioners Board has paid only $266,940 of the amount the hospital claims it's owed.

Oklahoma County Treasurer Butch Freeman says if there's a judgment, it will go on the tax rolls -- paid over a three-year period at the statutory rate of 5.25 percent.

Information from: The Oklahoman, www.newsok.com

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