Oklahoma County officials have agreed to pay $5.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the hospital that has been treating county jail inmates the past five years.
A judge signed off on the agreement today, ending a long-running legal battle launched in July 2005 by HCA Health Services of Oklahoma. The company, which does business at OU Medical Center, had been seeking more than $7 million in unpaid medical bills that have accumulated since February 2003. The parties ended up in mediation, poring through a detailed spreadsheet to figure out which inmates’ bills should be the county’s responsibility. The county agreed to pay $5.5 million. The judgment will be assigned to the Oklahoma County Retirement System so officials can cut a check to HCA within 45 days, an attorney for the county said.