- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Records show that Oklahoma County set a record in paying $8.1 million to its on-site medical provider for inmates during the 2014 fiscal year.

The Oklahoman (https://bit.ly/1T7SzCu ) reports that records provided by the county sheriff’s office show that inmate medical expenses take up more than 20 percent of the jail’s total operating budget, which has risen to around $35 million per year.

Sheriff John Whetsel said in a statement that it’s not always known what medical issues an inmate faces whenever they’re booked into the facility.

The county’s lawyers last month agreed to pay roughly $660,000 to settle a lawsuit with the jail’s on-site provider, Armor Correctional Health Care Inc., over unpaid medical bills.

Whetsel says that overages occur almost every year.


Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com

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