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14 Dec 2011 06:35 AM

Kansas finds prison clinics help control costs

The Kansas Health Institute News offers a series of stories about caring for the health needs of state prisoners.

Kansas Health Institute News: Lansing Clinic Part Of State Effort To Control Inmate Health Costs
A year after building a new health clinic inside the state prison here, officials at the Kansas Department of Corrections are so pleased with the results that they are starting to plan for another, perhaps inside the prison at Winfield. The clinic at Lansing Correctional Facility is part of the state's strategy for controlling inmate health care costs, officials said. As services are provided within prison walls, many costly hospital fees can be avoided and fewer staff hours are required for security, said Viola Riggin, director of health care services for the prison system (Cauthon, 12/12).

The other stories:

Kansas Health Institute News: Kansas Uses Managed Care Contract For Inmate Services

Kansas Health Institute News: Patient's Perspective: Inmate Has No Complaints About Care

Kansas Health Institute News: Seven State Correctional Facilities Offer Specialized Care

This article was reprinted from with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.

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