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Old 02-08-2014, 06:45 PM
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I am new to the Federal Prison life so let me apologize in advance for my ignorance. Do the inmates not have a right to medical care???? My husband has been told his liver count is extremely high for the past 6 weeks but they just don't seem to care... He may have Hepatitis C which if goes untreated could be very dangerous... Any helpful responses please??
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Hello and Welcome to PTO! I gave your post it's own thread so that you could get more responses. Every inmate has a right to health care. Sometimes family and friends have to make a little noise to help them get that health care.
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Hep C can be contagious so it should be a priority for them to diagnose him and treat him. Granted, it doesn't spread from merely living in the same space, it usually takes some contact with blood (It is also contagious thru sex, though that is not likely an issue at this point for your hubby).

So if your hubby got cut and another inmate came in contact with that blood thru an open cut of their own, then it could spread. Or if your hubby had a razor and someone else used it by accident or stole it, they could get Hep C. Or if they used his toothbrush after him.

I would think the staff would want to know so they could take precautions if your husband was hurt and bleeding.
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Yes, they have to get health care, but what the BoP thinks of as health care isn't what we out here think of as health care. You husband needs to push the issue. He needs to stay on top of things; he can get more done faster from inside than you can on the outside.
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Your husband needs to be proactive about his medical problems. Anything not in writing doesn't exist. Filling out a sick call slip listing his actual symptoms, not what he thinks is causing them, is important and needs to be repeated until he receives the correct care. He can also request the results of his previous blood tests either on the form he fills out every time he reports to sick call, or even on a cop out to medical.

He should never expect that they are performing the required follow-ups either. Even in the hospital units of the FMC's (the most comprehensive care offered by the bop outside of sending him to a real hospital), appropriate medical care can be hard to find.

Example: I fought for over a year of appeals to be prescribed the correct dose of one RX medication. As soon as I arrived there,it was withdrawn by an ancient doctor at FMC Butner. When he finally came into my room for the first time, after about a week (I won't go into my symptoms, but the lack of the medication had definitely caused the problems it was prescribed to eliminate) I asked him why. After explaining the problems, he said "oh that requires an approval from the regional doctor before I can prescribe the maximum dosage". I explained that I already had the approval. "oh" was his reply, meaning that my doctor had not even reviewed my bop health records. He must have finally checked them, because I once again began receiving the correct dosage.

The prisoner is his/her best, and often only advocate. Obtaining anything due from the bop, medical or otherwise, can be tricky. How to get what you want/need without pissing off the keepers enough for them to retaliate, and make things even worse.
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I am new to the Federal Prison life so let me apologize in advance for my ignorance. Do the inmates not have a right to medical care???? My husband has been told his liver count is extremely high for the past 6 weeks but they just don't seem to care... He may have Hepatitis C which if goes untreated could be very dangerous... Any helpful responses please??
My son is in an FCI and has said the best way to get anything done that isn't getting done is to have a lawyer call or write, probably to the unit manager in the facility where he is located. He said someone in his unit needed a treatment and was being stonewalled. Someone outside got a lawyer involved. He made a phone call and the NEXT DAY, they sent him to the hospital for care. If you have limited resources, you might try the ACLU.
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Yes, every inmate, regardless of federal or state has the right to medical care. The treatment for Hep C has very strict guidelines around it. The treatment is not for everyone. Also elevated liver enzymes can be from many things are not just hepatitis. He has to be seen by the doctor, and he needs to ask the doctor for his diagnosis and treatment plan. Only the doctor can prescribe this.
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I am new to the Federal Prison life so let me apologize in advance for my ignorance. Do the inmates not have a right to medical care???? My husband has been told his liver count is extremely high for the past 6 weeks but they just don't seem to care... He may have Hepatitis C which if goes untreated could be very dangerous... Any helpful responses please??
My husband is going through the exact same thing, only it's been 5 months! My lawyer is calling them first thing in the morning, let's see what happens...I'm sorry your LO is going through this.
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I have heard but can find no proof that the FBOP has a $250,000 life insurance policy on every prisoner and that is the reason they are not concerned about treatment and not interested in compassionate release. If anyone has information about this, please post it!
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Not true is the mildest way I can answer that.
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I have heard but can find no proof that the FBOP has a $250,000 life insurance policy on every prisoner and that is the reason they are not concerned about treatment and not interested in compassionate release. If anyone has information about this, please post it!
You figure that would be a well kept secret by all of the employees of the insurance companies?
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You figure that would be a well kept secret by all of the employees of the insurance companies?
Not only that, but could you imagine the cost to the BOP???
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Not only that, but could you imagine the cost to the BOP???
could you imagine an insurance company that would actually write for all prisoners? Key Life policies?

People who've been to prison can't get life insurance on the outside because they've been to prison. Don't think that an insurance company would be in business for very long insuring every inmate, let alone for that amount.
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