Morris County inmate health system has good financial vital signs

(02/25/05) MORRIS ? Corrections department officials in Morris County say a decision to internalize health care services has led to greater care for inmates and higher savings for taxpayers.

Morris County Prison Warden Frank Corrente says the county jail has had its own health services for inmates since March. According to Corrente, the change was prompted by the high price and low service quality of third party health care. The new health center consists 16 of nurses, two doctors, a secretary and the medical administrator. Inmates also have access to a dentist once a week.

Corrente says under the old system, total expenditures would have accumulated to approximately $3.5 million. The new county-run health care can now have a financial ceiling of $2.2 million.

 

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