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Morton Clinics To Stop Seeing Uninsured Patients

Morton Comprehensive Health Services

The CEO of Morton Comprehensive Health Services Inc. says his clinics will not accept uninsured patients next year, citing cuts to a state fund that pays for uncompensated medical care.

CEO John Silva tells the Tulsa World that the decision is probably the most difficult one he's made in 30 years. He says his clinics can't afford to take in patients who don't have insurance. Morton has clinics in Tulsa, Nowata and Bartlesville.

Silva says Morton has been operating with heavy losses for the past two years. During the latest fiscal year, Morton lost more than $700,000. The health service provider will lose nearly $1 million this year.

During the past legislative session, state lawmakers cut the state's uncompensated care fund from $3.1 million to $2.4 million.

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