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Old 11-24-2003, 07:26 AM
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Post Inmate medical bills high for county

Inmate medical bills high for county

Morgan County received a $16,235 medical bill this week for 15 inmates requiring hospital care, not including doctors' charges, County Administrator Willa Dockery says.

Sheriff Greg Bartlett said the high expenses mainly stem from inmates who have major illnesses such as cancer that requires chemotherapy.

"We've had numerous inmates with cancer and kidney failure. We take those inmates for dialysis and we pay for that," he told The Decatur Daily for a story Friday.

Last year, the total cost for all inmates was $589,440, according to Dockery.

She said the county received $127,461 from jail telephone commissions from inmates making collect calls to places outside the jail and that helped pay the costs.

The county contracts with Southern Health Partners Inc. to provide 24-hour care seven days a week for the inmates at the jail and a doctor goes there three days each week. The cost is $30,035 per month, Dockery said.

Southern Health pays up to $65,000 of the outside emergency medical bills, she said.
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