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St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth News Tribune file photo

Outstate providers bail out of state's safety-net program, GAMC

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St. Mary's Medical Center's decision not to participate in the new General Assistance Medical Care program for the state's poorest population leaves the program with no provider in St. Louis County and much of Northeastern Minnesota.

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"Asking us to be the only provider in the county subjected us to essentially unlimited financial risk," said Dr. Tom Patnoe, SMDC president and chief medical officer.

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