Starting September 1, the health care funding for inmates in the prison system in Texas will be cut by $ 75 million dollars.
According to statements by Brad Livingston, executive director of the Department of Criminal Justice, in Business Week, "Hospital and clinical care money is some $36 million less in the new budget, a 28 percent reduction, making it 'the biggest challenge … if for no other reason the magnitude of the cuts,' he said.
In addition, unit care and psychiatric care will have 12 percent fewer dollars and pharmacy costs are budgeted for 7.5 percent below current levels."
as anyone who has been in prison can tell you it is nearly impossible to see a doctor or dentist, more on that in a sec, and the medications given in the prison system are not the same as those prescribed by doctors on the outside.
"I was given a prescription for gout that my regular doctor took me off of years ago due to the side effects and it didn't work," one anonymous source told TexasParoleNow. "I had constant gout attacks during the 10 months I was inside, sometimes they were so bad I couldn't walk."
As to dentistry, look at how many people lost teeth while they are in prison. This is because even after a problem is spotted it can still take 6 months to a year to see a dentist and get treatments.
Another shame on you and a wag of the finger goes to the legislature for cutting education and vocational training by 45% ,yet still giving pay raises to Texas prison employees and Texas parole officers.
Yet another reason for working on those parole packets early and often, help your loved one from staying locked up!