State Hearing Investingating Prison Healthcare System

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
The hearing called by state Senators Jackie Speier (Spear) and Gloria Romero, included doctors, prison officials and attorneys who have sued the Department of Corrections over medical problems at state institutions. Senator Speier described the prison healthcare system as fractured and antiquated, leading to overpriced healthcare billed to the taxpayers. Cut: Jackie1 (:07) “And we’ve frankly provided healthcare in CDC based on the settlement of lawsuits.” Another focus of the hearing was the California Medical Board that licenses and disciplines doctors in the state. Of the doctors working in the prison system and board licensed, officials say twenty percent are facing some type of disciplinary action. Last week a federal judge ordered that prison doctors be tested for competency, to enforce a legal settlement. SOC