The owner of 310-bed Prince George's Hospital Center, Cheverly, Md., has asked Washington Mayor Anthony Williams for $5.2 million to cover the care of uninsured patients coming from the District of Columbia. Dimensions Healthcare System, which owns Prince George's and five other hospitals in the area, said Prince George's has treated about 5,400 uninsured patients from the district since July 2001. Anthony Bullock, a spokesman for Williams, said that while the district administration is sympathetic to Prince George's situation, it's unlikely the hospital will get any of the money it's seeking. "We don't really understand how they came to the conclusion we should pay for their uncompensated care," Bullock said. "If they treat uninsured individuals in the hospital, they have to deal with the individual." At deadline, a call to Dimensions had not been returned. Last year Maryland and Prince George's County agreed to a $45 million bailout for the hospital after Dimensions said it would have to close the hospital without financial help. -- by Tony Fong
Md. hospital asks D.C. to pay for its uninsured
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