Resolution Approved to Charge Inmates for Non-Emergency Care

The Jackson County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution allowing Sheriff Mike Ezell to begin charging inmates for non-emergency medical care.

The program will charge inmates $10 per visit to see the registered nurse. The money would come from the inmates’ personal accounts, which are usually used to purchase items from the commissary. Sheriff Ezell says many inmates invent illnesses and take time away from others who may be legitimately sick.

Ezell says, "You’re always going to have people in jail that want to be out of jail, and we have an excellent medical staff out there that meets their needs and will continue to meet their needs, but there are people in every system who will try to abuse the system.”

Sheriff Ezell says the idea should cut down on frivolous medical claims, saving the county time and money.

Categories: Local News, News

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *