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Medical contract for state prison inmates saves money

Mon., June 21, 2010

LEWISTON – An Idaho Department of Correction official said the agency is saving more than $525,000 on a new medical contract for state prison inmates due to increased preventive care.

Education and Treatment Division chief Shane Evans said the cost per inmate has been reduced from $12.45 per day to $12.15 per day in the contract that starts July 1 with a minimum of at least 4,800 inmates.

Correctional Medical Services of St. Louis, Mo., the state’s current medical contractor, won the bidding process.

Evans said the savings come from catching medical problems early before specialists or trips to a hospital are needed.

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