§ 7201 Hospitals caring for indigent sick.
All hospitals located within each of the several counties which are not principally dependent for their maintenance and operation upon state or federal appropriation are authorized to furnish any indigent person with proper medical or surgical care and attention, to be paid therefor in the manner provided in this chapter.
§ 7202 Records.
Every hospital, qualifying under § 7201 of this title, which furnishes medical or surgical care and attention to any indigent person shall keep a record thereof in the manner and form prescribed by the Budget Director showing the number of such indigent sick receiving medical or surgical care and attention, the name and residence of each such person, the dates the person was admitted to and discharged from the hospital and an itemized list showing all expenses incurred by the hospital for medical or surgical care and attention furnished such persons.
§ 7203 Audit of records by Department of Health and Social Services.
Every hospital which desires to be paid by the Secretary of Finance for medical or surgical care and attention for any indigent sick resident shall on or before the fifteenth day of each month transmit to the Department of Health and Social Services a duly certified statement, as prescribed by the Budget Director, of the record required by § 7202 of this title, for the preceding month, and the Department of Health and Social Services upon receipt thereof shall investigate the facts contained therein, and if they deem it proper or necessary in the making of their investigation, they may make an examination of the hospital's books, papers and account appertaining thereto. If, after such investigation, the Department of Health and Social Services is satisfied that the facts contained in the submitted record are true and correct, they shall approve for payment by the Secretary of Finance to the hospital of the amount shown to be due by the record; otherwise, the Department of Health and Social Services shall disapprove the same.
§ 7204 Payment by Secretary of Finance.
The Secretary of Finance shall pay to each hospital qualified under § 7201 of this title such amount shown to be due to it as shall be approved by the Department of Health and Social Services at such rate per day as shall be determined by the Budget Director at the Budget Director's discretion for each person receiving such medical or surgical care and attention. No money shall be paid to any hospital for any month until the amount due to all the hospitals for the preceding month has been fully determined and paid.