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Review of Inmate Health Services Within the Department of Corrections, Report No. 96-22, November 1996
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  • Inmate health care costs have increased rapidly in recent years due to prison health system reforms and the increasing inmate population. Additionally, inmates frequently access health care services for secondary gains such as avoiding work. Factors such as grievance procedures and Department and Correctional Medical Authority reviews of inmate heath care create an environment that makes it easier to provide requested health services than to deny them. Consequently, inmates use health services more than private citizens.
  • Nevertheless, Florida's inmate health care costs have risen at a slower rate than overall medical inflation and are comparable to those for private citizens. Florida has initiated several cost-containment efforts that have saved and/or recovered about $16 million annually.
  • Proposed Department initiatives, combined with additional Department actions can reduce or contain inmate health care costs by at least $4.9 million annually.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 98-25 Follow-up Report on Inmate Health Services Within the Department of Corrections, published in December 1998.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Correctional Medical Authority (Dept. of Health)
Health Services

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 09-07 Steps to Control Prison Inmate Health Care Costs Have Begun to Show Savings, published in January 2009.
  • Report No. 00-23 Review of the Department of Corrections, published in December 2000.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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