Health Care in Louisiana Prisons: An Overview. Raman Singh, M.D. Medical/Mental Health Director Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Overview Louisiana Corrections Health Care.
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Health Care in Louisiana Prisons: An Overview
Raman Singh, M.D.
Medical/Mental Health Director
Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections
It is often said that the measure of a civilization is how it treats it’s weakest members, the last, the least, the littlest.
Landmark Case of Estelle v. Gamble
Those that are incarcerated do not have the
ability to drive to the nearest emergency
room or call for assistance for a serious medical
need. He or she relies on prison officials in those
Staggering numbers of individuals are incarcerated who have; serious mental health conditions, multiple risk factors for heart conditions, cancers and infectious diseases who lacked access to health care before their incarceration. The number of elderly offenders is growing at an alarming rate, further burdening already strained state budgets.
At the same time, the health care field is advancing at a very fast pace. New technological inventions are happening every day which are changing the landscape dramatically for good but also raising the price tag.
The Congressional Budget Office has found that "about half of all growth in health care spending in the past several decades was associated with changes in medical care made possible by advances in technology."
According to the Federal Bureau of Justice & Statistics, Louisiana has the highest offender death rates in the country. It is because we have the highest number of HIV + people, sit in the cancer belt, and have one of the worst obesity problems leading to a higher number of heart disease.
In 2007, 65% of adults in Louisiana were overweight or obese.
Snapshot of Louisiana Most Common Causes of DeathRate per 100,000 populationReference: CDC, Louisiana: Burden of Chronic Disease, 2008
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