Hospital Wants Out Of Non-Emergency NC Inmate Care

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A hospital says it will quit providing non-emergency care for North Carolina prison inmates because of the cost and hassle of dealing with those patients.

The News and Observer of Raleigh reported Saturday that WakeMed has notified the state Correction Department that it will stop the treatment as of Oct. 1.

Agency spokeswoman Pamela Walker says the agency is negotiating with the University of North Carolina Health Care System about providing more inmate care. Some inmates will begin receiving care at medical facilities being built in Raleigh.

WakeMed officials have complained that fees paid by the state don't cover the medical center's costs. The hospital also lobbied for and won a law change that requires the Correction Department to place no more than 5 percent of all sick prisoners to a single hospital.

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