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Re: “Big ideas for Arkansas 2015

Most of the money paid to Correct Care Solutions pays the salaries, wages and benefits of doctors, nurses and other health care personnel who reside in Arkansas and actually perform the health care services provided to Arkansas patients. These are professionals hired on the basis of their skills and their interest in the position, not as the writer suggests simply because their compensation is at the bottom of the range. Another significant portion of the state funding pays for medical services provided by other local providers "off site" - that is, at locations other than the correctional facility, and for prescription drugs. So the vast majority of the state's funding comes right back to individuals and businesses residing in the state.

Underlying the writer's suggestion seems to be the notion that correctional health care providers simply maximize profit by providing substandard, lowest possible cost health care services to a captive audience of incarcerated patients. Ask yourself if it's a viable business strategy to provide constitutionally inadequate care, expose your company to malpractice lawsuits and alienate the public and your government client. If you ran your business on those principles you would not have a business for very long. Or does it make more sense to provide quality care, meeting the needs of the most disadvantaged patient populations and enabling the governmental corrections agency to meet its legal obligations to provide adequate medical care to inmates, at a reasonable cost to state taxpayers?

The answer is obvious. The real issue is the amount that Arkansas taxpayers and their elected representatives are willing to spend on providing correctional health care. Yes Correct Care Solutions and other companies like it operate on a for profit model, but the profit margin is more than made up for by the savings to the government agency that are realized by hiring a company that specializes in correctional health care and has vast experience with similar facilities in other states, compared to what the state would spend to provide these services itself.

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Posted by 21st Century Cato on 12/17/2015 at 11:08 AM

 

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