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Old 01-26-2004, 01:37 PM
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Hi!! I was just wondering..(and I think I already know the answer)..but if a inmate needs medical attention and goes to either the dr. or hospital for tests...who pays? Does the dr. write it off? Do they bill the inmate according to his familys income? Is that "tax dollars"? Etc? What if they need meds? Does the inmate pay for prescriptions the same as we do on the outside? This is our first time ever dealing with any medical issues and the DOC so any input any one has would be great!!

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Old 01-26-2004, 02:02 PM
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Im not sure on this on but I think the institution pays for it, becuz what if the inmate doesnt have family, then they just let him die???
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They charge my husband for every visit by a nurse, doctor or trip to the hospital. It is not even a quarter of what we would pay but they still pay here. Even if he has no money on his account, he gets a charge against it. That way if any cash is sent to him, they get their grubby hands on it first. :argh That is what keeps my hubby from the doctor. He would rather have food.
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I'm not sure for the answers to your questions. But my boyfriend was just in the hos for twenty days. I went to get his record from the hos. And i was suprised to see that as Guarantor it says Correctional medical services. Which is the company hired by michigan and quite a few other states to do the health care for anybody who as lost their freedom.( jails,prisions,camps and even for the kids. And it's poor health care but the company made 330 millon last year thanks to their wonderful lack of care.
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Thanks for the info!! First of all palrescue i hope all is well with your boyfriend and his health!!---and Amy I found out its the same for Rick as your hubby. He has to pay a copay each time he goes, and now he's in the neg on his books. Sad, they are already locked up and now have to be in debt just to get health care. Rick would not have gone but it is his heart we are talking about so he had to go.

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Old 02-26-2004, 12:38 AM
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I was curious about this too. I got my husbands hospital records also, but I didn't see who the BOP's insurer is. Knowing how crooked the BOP is, it occurred to me that a opportunity for fraud exists here. Is it possible that the BOP is charging for services that weren't provided? Anybody?
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Here in Alabama, the state has contracts with people to provide the medical care needed. The inmate has to pay a three dollar co-pay to see dr or dentist
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As far as I know, the inmates in the Federal System do not have to pay for medical services. I do know that over the counter drugs are bought by the inmates through their commissary accounts. I also believe that emergency trips are also not charged to the inmates. I do think however that if the inmate is given the option to have medical work performed by someone other than the BOP the have to pay for part of it.
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