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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Raman Singh, M.D.
Medical/Mental Health Director
Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections
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."
In 2007, 65% of adults in Louisiana were overweight or obese.Snapshot of Louisiana