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					                                                                                  Medical Co-Pay
         H ealth Care Services

AUTHORITY:
Act 40 of 1996 - The Prison Medical Services Act requires each inmate to pay a "co-pay" for medical ser-
vices.

DISCUSSION:
Inmates are charged a co-payment fee of $2.00 for certain medical visits and for some initial medica-
tions. The co-payment process began July 1, 1998. Revenue generated from co-payment is deposited
into the General Fund.

PROCESS:
1.   Inmate signs up for sick call.
2.   Inmate is advised that he or she may be charged for the visit.
3.   Medical care is rendered (no services are refused due to lack of funds).
4.   For chargeable services, the specified amount is deducted from the inmate's account, after the
     service has been rendered.

SERVICES FOR WHICH FEE IS COLLECTED:
      Inmate's request for non-emergency care.
      Medical service due to a self-inflicted injury or illness.
      Medical service due to an injury or illness arising from participating in sports.


SERVICES FOR WHICH FEE IS NOT COLLECTED:
      Physical, dental or mental health screening provided to an inmate upon intake.
      Immunizations, tuberculosis testing, hepatitis B vaccination, and other treatments instituted by
      the Department of Corrections (DOC) for public health reasons.
      Annual or biannual physical and dental examinations.
      Mental health treatment.
      Medical treatment for a chronic disease or illness.
      Infirmary care.
      Hospitalization.
      Long-Term Care.
      Laboratory tests.
      Psychotropic medications.
      Medications prescribed for an inmate for public health reasons.
      Medical care performed at the request of the DOC.
      Medical referral ordered by DOC healthcare professionals.

RESULTS:
Co-payment has been an effective method of minimizing non-substantiated sick-call requests, thereby
increasing health care staff availability for legitimate sick-call requests and patient contacts for acute and
chronic health care needs.

In FY 2002/03, The department collected $264,513 in medical co-payment fees. Since the inception of
the program in 1998, nearly $1.3M has been collected.




 “Our mission is to protect the public by confining persons committed to our custody in safe, secure facilities, and to provide opportunities for
 inmates to acquire the skills and values necessary to become productive law-abiding citizens; while respecting the rights of crime victims.”

Edward G. Rendell                                          April 2004                                          Jeffrey A. Beard, Ph.D.
Governor                                              www. c o r. s ta t e . pa . u s                          Secretary of Corrections