(a) Place of hospitalization
Until the transfer and release of an eligible person pursuant to section 323
of this title, the Secretary is authorized to provide care and treatment for such person at any Federal hospital within or (pursuant to agreement) outside of the Department, or (under contract or other arrangements made without regard to section 5
of title 41
) at any other public or private hospital in any State and, for such purposes, to transfer such person to any such hospital from a place of temporary care provided pursuant to section 322
of this title. In determining the place of such hospitalization, the Secretary shall give due weight to the best interests of the patient.