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Modern Healthcare: Study finds sharp increase in correctional department health spending between 2001 and 2008

State correctional departments saw a dramatic rise in spending on healthcare over the last decade, leading more states to outsource care and experiment with other ways to reduce costs.

In one of the few studies that have attempted to quantify how much is spent on healthcare in jails, prisons and other facilities, researchers from the Pew Charitable Trusts found that most states saw a sharp increase between 2001 and 2008, with a median increase of 52%. In a dozen states, costs grew more than 90% during that time period.

The report, part of the State Health Care Spending Project—an initiative of Pew and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation—used the most recent data available from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.

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State Health Care Spending
Health Care Costs, Medicaid, Corrections Costs, Affordable Care Act

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