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Against All Odds: Cutting Pharmaceutical Costs in Correctional Health Care  

Author:  R.M.  Garden, M.D..; B.H.  Shuman, R.N..

Source: Volume 05, Number 03, March/April 2004 , pp.21-23(3)

Correctional Health Care Report

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Escalating health care costs in America have become a national concern. Finding adequate resources to meet health care needs is becoming more difficult as budgets remain fixed as costs increase. (Garden, et al). In public correctional institutions this issue is particularly problematic. Such institutions must make do with allocated resources while maintaining a mandated level of care. They have become squeezed from both sides, with escalating costs on one side and decreasing governmental appropriations on the other. Left with having to maintain high levels of care with fewer dollars, many organizations are now adopting managed care strategies.

Keywords: formulary, mental health therapy, intake area, observation, psychotropics, Drug Expenditures, Cost Per Capita, Quality Indicators

Affiliations:  1: Utah Department of Corrections; 2: Utah Department of Corrections.

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