State says it's changing prison health care to comply with audit

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Independent investigators have found significant problems in the health care system for inmates at Michigan prisons.

The state says it's implementing nearly all the recommendations found in the report released Tuesday.

The National Commission on Correctional Health Care attributes most of the problems to the system, not people failing to do their jobs.

The report does, however, criticize the private company the state contracts with to provide medical care. It says there are long lists of patients waiting to be seen, yet many shifts aren't being filled by the private vendor.

The report also blasts the computer system for tracking health visits. Gov. Jennifer Granholm asked for the review after reports of inmates dying because of inadequate care.


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