Prison Medical Co-Pays Can Prevent Care, Group Says

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In most states, people incarcerated in prisons and jails pay medical co-pays for physician visits, medications, dental treatment, and other health services. The fees are meant to partially reimburse states and counties for the high cost of medical care. Populations behind bars are among the most at-risk for chronic and infectious diseases. Fees are also meant to deter people from unnecessary doctor’s visits. Fees may be doing more harm than good by deterring sick people from getting . . .

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