New fight brews over prison health care - Austin American-Statesman

Concerned that the quality of medical care for inmates is slipping as costs increase, some state legislators are hoping to entice more of Texas’ medical schools into helping manage prison health care.

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In Texas, public medical schools provide inmate health care, and the cost per person for all care in the largest states remains lowest in Texas — at just under $9 a day. The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center have been the primary health care providers for prisoners since 1993, though Texas Tech contracts with local hospitals for much of its care in the western third of the state.

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