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Nine Prisons in Region 3 Will Have Private Contractor Handling All Healthcare Needs

Posted by Guy DiMartino | Feb 04, 2013 | 0 Comments

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.

If you have any questions about a potential medical malpractice or deliberate indifference claim because of healthcare services in Florida's prisons, give me a call at (352) 267-9168 or fill out the internet consultation form on the right. Click here to see a video explaining prison malpractice.

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Guy DiMartino

I have loved helping people in need for almost three decades.  It has been my privilege to serve people as their pastor, chiropractor, and lawyer.  The current focus of my legal practice and life’s passion is helping the seriously injured receive complete compensation for their injuries. I am a Florida Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney. What that really means is that I am no stranger to the courtroom.  I have successfully tried and handled serious cases in state and federal courts.  My backgrounds in both law and chiropractic medicine have given me a unique perspective, extensive knowledge, and wide experience to serve those I represent. For years as a chiropractic physician, I treated my patients to alleviate their pain and suffering. Now as their lawyer, I fight to bring them financial compensation for their pain and suffering. During my years of service, I have handled many traumatic injury cases ranging from the traumatic amputation of a limb to brain and spinal cord injury.  I consider it an honor to serve you and your family. When a person entrusts me and I accept to represent them, I don’t take that relationship and responsibility lightly. My approach is that we work as a team. We are partners and our goal is the best outcome for you and your family with the highest level of communication throughout. I am always available by phone or email to discuss my potential representation of your injury case. I handle cases throughout Florida. Education: National University of Health Sciences – BS (1984), DC (1986) Valparaiso University School of Law – JD, summa cum laude (1999) Bar Admissions: Florida (2000), Indiana (1999), Illinois (2000, expired); US District Courts of Appeals (11th Circuit, 7th Circuit); United States District Courts: Southern and Middle Districts of Florida; Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana; Northern and Central Districts of Illinois; and District of Colorado. Certification:  Civil Trial, Florida Bar Guy DiMartino on Google+ – Circle Guy on Google+ Guy DiMartino on Google+

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