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25-04-14: Expenses chargeable against patient or patient's estate - Filing claims

Expenses for care and treatment of each patient at the developmental center at westwood park, Grafton must, if practicable, be in accordance with the cost of providing care and treatment for the different degrees or conditions of mental and physical health and charges may be adjusted in accordance with the patient's ability to pay which must include an estimate of potential future receipts, including amounts from estates. The supervising department shall recover from the patient or from a discharged patient expenses chargeable for care and treatment. If any patient is receiving social security benefits or is a veteran or a dependent of a veteran who has received, is receiving, or is entitled to receive compensation or pension from the veterans' administration, the expenses are a current claim against the patient and may be recovered monthly by the supervising department except that any amount required by the payer of the benefits to be paid directly to the patient must, upon approval of the department of human services, be credited to the patient's personal account from any money thus received.