Health Care for HIV-Positive, Other Texas Inmates Improves, Study Says; Advocates Question Findings, Call for Independent Oversight
July 29, 2004
The percentage of inmates in Texas who received health care -- including care for HIV/AIDS -- that met national standards increased from 40% in 1994 to 97% in 2003, according to a study conducted by prison officials and published in the July 28 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Houston Chronicle reports. The state in 1993 privatized the prison medical system and put Texas Tech University and the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston in charge of providing care. The incidence of AIDS-related deaths has decreased from 1.5 per 1,000 inmates in 1995 to 0.2 per 1,000 inmates in 2002, according to the study. The study finds that privatization of the system, increased medical staff, improved technology and declining death rates among inmates with AIDS and other diseases have improved prisoners' access to care.
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