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Health Care in Prison, is it free?
Health care in prison used to be free. Now, most inmates have to deal with a mandatory copay for essential care.
What has the quality of health care in prison been like for you or a loved one? Please post your comment here:

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  • Suza Lambert Bowser
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    My experience in the healthcare facilities at Decatur Prison was relatively mild compared to a lot of women I know. Luckily, I was pretty healthy, but, for many, it was sheer hell.
    At Decatur, there was a mandatory $5 co-pay to see the doctor. often, you’d pay the $5 co-pay and see a nurse, who took down your complaint for the doctor, whom you did not see until the next visit – one that required yet another $5 co-pay! And God forbid you should need yet a third visit!
    For women whose only income was the $12.00 per month pay (netting something like $10.80) for whatever prison job they held, seeing the doctor meant going without some vital supply from commissary. And forget being able to buy shoes or underwear!
    Misdiagnoses, delayed diagnoses, rude and crude nurses and staff were often the norm. Not everyone was cruel, but most were extremely rude and dismissive. How someone dedicated to the healing arts could treat other humans that way is mystifying to me! One of my friends was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. It was a delayed diagnosis, of course. I don’t know what her status is now. But, I pray for her. God bless you, friend.

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