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State says it's changing prison health care to comply with audit
(2008-01-22)
(wgvu) - LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Independent investigators have found
significant problems in the health care system for inmates at
Michigan prisons.
The state says it's implementing nearly all the recommendations
found in the report released Tuesday.
The National Commission on Correctional Health Care attributes
most of the problems to the system, not people failing to do their
jobs.
The report does, however, criticize the private company the
state contracts with to provide medical care. It says there are
long lists of patients waiting to be seen, yet many shifts aren't
being filled by the private vendor.
The report also blasts the computer system for tracking health
visits. Gov. Jennifer Granholm asked for the review after reports
of inmates dying because of inadequate care.
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