Healthcare in Texas prisons would cost less in taxpayer dollars if there were more competition for contracts, according to one state senator.
Since 1993, healthcare in Texas prisons has been managed by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in the west, and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston everywhere else. Whitmire's Senate Bill 213 would open up contracts to six other schools, including Baylor and Texas A&M, and management would change on a rotating basis. He says doing so would create a more competitive marketplace, which would in turn raise the quality of care while simultaneously lowering the cost.
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