The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) has reduced medical costs for inmates by $14.5 million over the past two years – while maintaining or improving care – by leveraging federal and state programs and innovative partnerships, according to the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME). The department estimates an additional $20.5 million in savings over the next two years.
‘We want to not only make sure inmates receive quality health care when they are in prison, but also ensure they can access Medicaid and other government health programs upon release,’ said Corrections Secretary John Wetzel. ‘Roughly 20,000 men and women leave state prison and reenter the community every year. It is to the benefit of all taxpayers that they receive the best possible healthcare services to increase chances of their success upon release.’