Florida medical malpractice and deliberate indifference lawyer, Guy S. DiMartino, DC, JD discusses the recent privatization of healthcare services in 9 Florida prisons.
The Florida Department of Corrections recently entered a contract with Wexford Health Sources, a private healthcare provider, to handle the medical services in 9 prisons including Okeechobee CI and Martin CI. The TC Palm reported that the State will about a million dollars a month by outsourcing the medical services.
Private prison healthcare companies are for-profit businesses. They enter a contract with the state, most of the time for a capitated rate (set rate per inmate), and have to manage the healthcare with these funds. Because of the incentive to make money, sometimes the healthcare providers deny or delay expense medical services that are required prevent injury or death. At these times, prisoners or their families may have a constitutional claim for deliberate indifference or a medical malpractice claim. We will see what happens over the next six months to a year with the healthcare at the 9 facilities that are going private.
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