Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Private Medical Care in Prisons
Just a quick link here to a great article detailing the rise of for-profit medical care providers in prisons. As states (and particularly Departments of Corrections) continue to look for ways to cut budgets in the name of austerity, this is a troubling trend that seems unlikely to quickly fade. The article also describes some of the common problems with for-profit providers of medical care; namely, that they care more about profits than providing care, and that there is no effective oversight of the system. So it looks like they fall victim to the same problems as the for-profit prison operators.