California to eliminate medical copayments for inmates

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California is going to stop charging inmates copayments for medical and dental services next week.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) will abolish inmate copayments for medical and dental services and charges for dental prosthetic appliances starting March 1.

Copayments are not charged for mental health services.

“After recent internal analysis, it was determined that copayments have minimal fiscal benefit and are not aligned with patient care,” CCHCS said in a statement. “Specifically, copayments may hinder patients from seeking care for health issues which, without early detection and intervention, may become exacerbated, resulting in decreased treatment efficacy and/or increased treatment cost.”

Early detection and preventative health care aligns with most public and private health care organizations and can prove to be fiscally prudent, CCHCS said.

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