Hospital Wants Out Of Non-Emergency NC Inmate Care

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A hospital says it will quit providing non-emergency care for North Carolina prison inmates because of the cost and hassle of dealing with those patients.

The News and Observer of Raleigh reported Saturday that WakeMed has notified the state Correction Department that it will stop the treatment as of Oct. 1.

Agency spokeswoman Pamela Walker says the agency is negotiating with the University of North Carolina Health Care System about providing more inmate care. Some inmates will begin receiving care at medical facilities being built in Raleigh.

WakeMed officials have complained that fees paid by the state don't cover the medical center's costs. The hospital also lobbied for and won a law change that requires the Correction Department to place no more than 5 percent of all sick prisoners to a single hospital.


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  • by Summer Location: Goldsboro on Sep 2, 2010 at 02:42 AM
    I work as a nurse and have treated inmates many times over the years. They are generally far more respectful and appreciative than a (shockingly high) number of the general public. I would guess that Wakemed's real issue is reimbursement, not the inmates themselves.
  • by Booster Location: Eastern,NC on Aug 30, 2010 at 06:21 AM
    To Wow: Leroy should have thought about consequences before he stole the car. Do I feel sorry for Leroy??? No I do not. My elderly parents are being denied healthcare and medicine while Leroy gets free services because he stole a car. Kudos to Wake Med for not being a part of the problem.
  • by Wow Location: Greenville on Aug 30, 2010 at 06:21 AM
    Ok, so I take it that your answer is "no" you would not want Leroy to have his insulin. He goes to jail to serve his sentence for making a stupid, youthful, misguided mistake (who hasn't made those) and you hand down the death sentence. That's great, just hope YOU don't get locked up for something you didn't do and need something for your chronic condition. This is the direction these uneducated fools want to take our country, America. People more concerned with their tax rate (which is at a level as low as the 1950's) and blowing brown people up than providing insulin for a jailbird that otherwise may have gotten released and become a model citizen.
  • by To WOW on Aug 30, 2010 at 12:12 AM
    Well why don't you pay for "Leroy" to have insulin yourself and that will keep the government outta my pocket! If the rules were that you are on your own with healthcare and food at prisons, people might think twice about doing the crime. It is a backward society that has working law abiding people paying for their own medical needs and a criminal getting it for free!
  • by Wow Location: Greenville on Aug 29, 2010 at 08:22 PM
    Some of you people call the inmates animals, but you are the ones who are animals. How many people in prison are there for non-violent offenses? More than half. Some states have 70% or more non-violent offenders locked up. Sure, they screwed up. But now they have few job opportunities when they get out and a record. Here's a question for all you animals out there. I'm interested to know your answer. "Leroy is an insulin-dependent diabetic. He stole a car when he was 20 and got sent to prison for 3 years. Should we stop giving him insulin?" It's a chronic, non-emergent condition. Of course, if he doesn't get his insulin it becomes an emergent condition.
  • by elwood Location: Raleigh on Aug 29, 2010 at 06:45 PM
    send them to rex emergency and they will never go back
  • by Volunteer on Aug 29, 2010 at 01:16 PM
    To full time worker: I do not usually repond to things like this but YOU have made me speak my side. I do volunteer at a prison and a jail. I see both sides of the fence and I do pay taxes to. Every inmate is not sorry, useless and looking for a free ride. There are inmates in there just like me and you who made a bad choice in life. They do not get to choose their treatment, they do not choose if they go to a hospital that choice is made for them. I know of a family who have offered to pay for their loved ones care but are not allowed to do that. If they did then there would be groups that would be complaining about some inmates getting special treatment. No matter what decissons are made with tax money people are always going to complain. Full time worker put your energy into volunteering at a prison and you may see that there are inmates that are loving human beings.
  • by not relevant Location: relevant on Aug 29, 2010 at 12:17 PM
    I agree with both we are not ignorant and looking in. Some inmates should be taken out for medical care and some should not. A real emergency is something that is life threatening and not something that the inmate had for years. If he comes to the system with an illness or ailment that he had for years he should leave with the same. Taxpayers should not have to pay for an incident that he wants taken care of because he is incarcerated. We as private citizens needs to talk with our representatives and get a bill drafted to prevent undue medical care. I think a lot of the recidivism would curtail. Inmates don't need air conditioning unless it is a medical necessity. They weren't sent an invitation this is something they have chosen to do. Some inmates refuse to work and they are the ones that think the system owe them
  • by Anonymous on Aug 29, 2010 at 11:43 AM
    I don't like the sound of this. There are differnt people in prison and even some are innocent. if they have a life threating illness they should get health care. Hilter would be proud of the way America is turning out to be. Hope they can dissolve all the problems here.
  • by Full time worker Location: ENC on Aug 29, 2010 at 11:26 AM
    I believe the title was NON-EMERGENCY care. My point is that if I can't afford to pay premiums on certain Medical and Dental, then I don't feel that prisoners should be offered any. Let them use money in their commissary accounts if they have any for their Non-Emergency care. If I and many hard working Americans have to pay for it up front then surely a prisoner that has committed a crime to put themselves in prison has to pay for it up front. If some are complaining that this is being ignorant and you work in the medical profession, Then take you time and go to the prisons and volunteer.
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