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Old 12-03-2016, 01:29 AM
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My LO has a severe heart condition and had a couple of heart attack before being incarcerated. In the federal prison he's in now, they "lost" his previous medical reports, he lost consciousness so was send to hospital and returned to unit. It's been almost 3 weeks, no diagnose done yet, the "doctors" he saw are unable to agree on a condition, the one from the prison told him this week to have a "normal life" (!!) and reduced his meds by 50% without explanation. He is not getting a complete and accurate information on which meds to take or not. He was told his artery is 80% blocked, but not sure which one (!) and it was nothing major for now (!).
What are the options? Can he / I or his lawyer have access to his medical records from jail? Can we get another opinion? He's stressing out and feels either over medicated or/and left to die. I feel completely helpless and useless and very frustrated.
Can we even be sure these "doctors" are real ones? This is a life threatening medical conditions, no one seems to care. Can we/I make them change their mind? Can anything be done?
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Old 12-03-2016, 06:32 AM
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You may be able to get advice from fedcure.org. They are active in federal prison medical care issues.
http://www.fedcure.org/aboutus.shtml#.WELIReTrvoo

He needs to file a HIPAA disclosure authorization form with the prison medical staff, and one with the hospital that examined him directing them to disclose his medical records to you. Then the question becomes "will they honor, or ignore" his directions. The bop, maybe yes, maybe no; the hospital, probably yes.
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my Brother is at Moore Haven correctional....I an signed up with VINE for any inmate alerts....before christmas, he managed to call me from a hospital to let me know they took him in for low blood sugar. I haver not heard from him since, I just received word from VINE that he was in the Reception area Jan.4. I call the facility & no one seems to be able to speak let alone give me any insight as to what has happened to him. I am aware of protocol ,HIPPA laws... but as his next of kin, emergency contact & his POA....do they not have to notify me of any health issues ?? So if he were to drop dead , when would they contact me ,if at all ? thank you for any help, suggestions . in the meantime, i'll just count to 10
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Old 02-20-2017, 09:04 PM
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This is the second call I have gotten from my husband for his blood pressure being at 180-190. He went in on blood pressure medication. He is in a county jail and is awating sentencing. I am sure the anxiety is affecting him, but who knows. With a history of stroke in his family and the fact that he is now overweight, once a smoker it is concerning. He has told them and they gave him a pill that made him sleep for a couple of days. He has no idea what it was for. Suggestions? I've read some bad stuff on here about inmates being ignored medically.
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Angry Lack of adequate medical

It is really appalling to me that there is a lack of even basic medical treatment in some of our prisons. My friend who is in a state jail has had a bad cough and has been very ill. I mean, really? He could have TB! He gets sick all the time too because they serve chicken that is still raw on the inside and the food trays are not washed.
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This is the second call I have gotten from my husband for his blood pressure being at 180-190. He went in on blood pressure medication. He is in a county jail and is awating sentencing. I am sure the anxiety is affecting him, but who knows. With a history of stroke in his family and the fact that he is now overweight, once a smoker it is concerning. He has told them and they gave him a pill that made him sleep for a couple of days. He has no idea what it was for. Suggestions? I've read some bad stuff on here about inmates being ignored medically.
Yes, they do this all the time in county jails. A friend of mine had high blood pressure and TIA' s. Instead of filling his meds, they just gave him something to knock him out.
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The hardest part is that they don't even want to address the issue. When he finally gets someone to take him to and spoken to by medical they tell him " I don't have time for this today. Come back later in the week" for someone with severe vertigo. Looking in an otoscope may have taken the same amount of time as deflecting him
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I think they are just hoping if they wait long enough, they won't have to worry about treating him. I guess chemo and radiation is too big of a cost. He only has 5 1/2 months left out of 13 years. Either he will get out or die. I feel like they don't care which one as long as they don't have to spend the money.
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I know most people don't have a clue when it comes to prison "health care". I lived the nightmare for over two years only to find out that basically the prison health care provider killed my husband, treating him for a totally curable cancer was not cost effective. Until 2 months before he got out we weren't even told he had cancer which the prison and hospital knew a year before yet didn't treat him for cancer. I can't even tell you the horror and outrage I feel towards the f-ing prison & everyone who worked in medical at the prison my husband was in. Actually my outrage is towards all the prison workers. All it would have taken was one person to be honest and I would have had him out of there when he could have a a chance of surviving. But no we only found out by outside hospital staff by mistake. I have read up on all the deaths due to medical neglect in prisons in Florida, plus all the murders by guards. Its sickening!! I hope and pray that there is a judgement day for each and everyone who works in a prison.
I am so so sorry that has happened to you and your family. I am sick just reading this. I lasted as a MD in the prison system for a year. i thought I could make real changes, but no way-- as the MD, I was the lowest on the totem pole. Can I ask if you filed a neglect lawsuit?
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My issue is that the unit charges $100 anytime you go to medical. My husband's been sick for weks due to an inmate that defecates in the showers and stomps it down the drains then walks through the dorm with the same shoes.... We can't afford that kind of money.
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Check the Texas prison forum for information from other members who are familiar with that system. I think the $100.00 charge is only collected after the first sick call, or the first medical appointment each year, I'm not sure which. .
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Check the Texas prison forum for information from other members who are familiar with that system. I think the $100.00 charge is only collected after the first sick call, or the first medical appointment each year, I'm not sure which. .
Also, they say they won't charge it to inmates who have no money, or in emergencies. I wouldn't bet on it. It's something to try.
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Speaking of copays, here's the Federal program statement about when they are allowed to collect their $2 copay (16 hours of work):
https://www.bop.gov/policy/progstat/6031_002.pdf

It has a definition of "indigent" and examples of health care that doesn't require a copay.
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Federal is supposed to waive co-payments for inmates who are considered to be chronic care patients. Not every co-payment (dental care isn't included if you are actually able to see a dentist) but most of them are. $2.00 is much better than Texas' $100.00 anyway.
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Unhappy lack of dental care and basic health care

This may not be as bad as some people here as I see others have it much worse. Here is my vent about the federal system in New York. My husband has been awaiting trial for almost 2.5 years and has not had dental treatment for over a year. He has needed teeth extracted and those are now crumbling and falling out and he has cavities that need filled. This is causing constant tooth pain. The dentist has refused to see him anymore. Wouldn't this be considered inhumane treatment with the constant pain? He also has high blood pressure and it is off the chart but no help there either. He expects to stroke out soon. He is also diabetic but his blood sugar is better because he can't get food there. All they serve is chicken and he says that makes his skin itch so he cannot eat that. All he gets is what he can get from the commissary.
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Since your husband is in pretrial status, his lawyer needs to bring up his lack of dental care to the assigned judge.

The bop is notorious for not being able to keep dentists on staff. If medical care is substandard in federal prisons, and it definitely is (example, being on a bop "pending" list for major orthopedic surgery for my entire 5 year prison sentence) dental care is mostly nonexistant. One poor guy had to walk around for months with an abscessed tooth, in so much pain that he was actively looking for pliers to extract it himself.
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His lawyer is aware of his lack of medical treatment for diabetes, hypertension and the dental. I have asked a few times about it to make sure he is aware of what my husband is telling me and he said that if he gets the judge involved my husband's situation will get worse. So I have to wonder if the staff will take it out on him if the get orders from a judge.
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Retaliation is always an issue whenever someone tries to receive what they are due from the federal bureau of prisons, It would have to be really bad to outdo toothaches, but the decision is his to make.
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I am assuming his lawyer would be more familiar with that kind of situation so I am going with his advice.
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