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May 20, 2014 - 3:45 pm
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I remember the written response of the senior doctor in the prison in which I worked to an editorial in the British Medical Journal lamenting the difference between health care in prison and health care in the “community.” Yes, he replied, where else in the country but in prison could everyone get to see a doctor within an hour of complaining of something?

I thought of this as I read an article recently in the New England Journal of Medicine about Hepatitis C infection and the American correctional system.

About 3 million Americans are infected with the Hepatitis C virus, mainly because of having shared needles in intravenous drug abuse, but also through transfusions before blood was screened for the virus. Those who are tattooed have two or three times the average rate of infection.

Ten-to-fifteen percent of cases of untreated infection (among males) will go on to get cirrhosis of the liver, and of them an increasing proportion will develop liver cancer as the years go by. Hepatitis C infection is now the largest single cause of the need for liver transplants.

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Prisoners are a part of the anti-American weaponry in the war being waged against us by the progressives who clearly consider veterans their enemy.
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Prisoners in California get three squares a day and healthcare. I visit a friend at the VA once a week in Menlo Park. He's lucky if they give him one shower a week. Prisoners are treated better than patients at the VA.
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Does prison medicine attract high calibre doctors?
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This seems to say more about the inadequate healthcare provided to free Americans rather than the satisfactory healthcare provided to those whom we have deprived of their liberty due to illegal acts. Let's address this by providing better healthcare to all Americans rather than simply decreasing the quality of healthcare for the incarcerated.
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So, if one has the diagnosis, it seems like it would pay to pull some minor misdemeanor like excessive speed, something to put you in the county pokie, then demand treatment.

Probably not that simple of course.

I've been told that Boomers are the bulk of those positive for the antibodies. We children of the '60s thought we could get away with a lot but it haunts us yet.
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Greetings:

But, but, but, what about our transgender(ed) brothers/sisters/whatnots ???

Will there be a "Do your nickel and we'll fix your pickle." program ???

I still have a bit of wealth that I would like to see my government redistribute.
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Meanwhile in the VA run by Obama . . .
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I have personally seen prisoners getting advanced medical care. They should get what the ordinary person can afford: nothing more.
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They should get room and board and minimal health care.....not goodies like plastic surgery or sex change type treatment.
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Prisoners in California get three squares a day and healthcare. I visit a friend at the VA once a week in Menlo Park. He's lucky if they give him one shower a week. Prisoners are treated better than patients at the VA.
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That's part of the difference between the State government & the Federal government.
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Third Army, so sorry I accidentally hit "Report" instead of "Like"....I'm not always the most co-ordinated kid on the block.
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Prisoners are a part of the anti-American weaponry in the war being waged against us by the progressives who clearly consider veterans their enemy.
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We're doing apples and kumquats here, Dr. Dalyrimple.
People in confinement are in the custody of the government. That means they are also under the government's care. With or without the 8th Amendment or the equivalent in the UK, a decent society provides decent accommodation for those who are held on government orders.
It may happen that such decent accommodation includes screening and treatment related to health problems and of course that may include HCV. This would be incidental to the person's incarceration, as would a good bath and some clean clothes.
I could make a case that $84k per HCV-positive inmate would be less than the eventual costs of cirrhosis or cancer and that reducing HCV among prisoners would have benefits for prisoners and staff. But to be honest, the $84K against the costs of treatment for cirrhosis or cancer may just change where that money is spent later, so it's a bit weak as a cost-benefit argument.
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Well, the patient could be cured then, as soon as he/she is released from prison, contract the disease again via used needles. No savings for cirrhosis or cancer there, then.
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The question should be the other way round:

"Should the General Population Receive The Same Standard Of Health Care As Prisoners?"

The rest of the post is a classic lefty exercise in envy and the broken idea that some are more deserving than others.

It's a slippery slope that eventually leads to euthanasia -- who decides who is worth saving and who isn't? Nobody. The only correct decision is to to save everyone.
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"who decides who is worth saving and who isn't? Nobody. The only correct decision is to to save everyone"

Everyone? Yeah, good luck with that....

How about in stead of your imaginary slippery slope, we instead apply the dry, flat plane of simple factual truth for a moment....

Murder, Forceable Rape, Attempted Murder with a weapon (gun, knife etc), and sex-crimes against children...when there is incontrovertable proof true, factual guilt, it must result in a MANDATORY Death sentence.

WHY?

Because we already "choose" each day to allow released, violent felons to KILL more innocent people..

And the sickest part is, we know they will do it.

We have statistics every bit as accurate and predictable as cancer deaths and Railway fatailities, to tell us how many INNOCENT PEOPLE we are "going to kill" this year, with our persistant cowardly response to violent crime....

Just read the paper for a few weeks, there is a little girl somewhere we have sentenced to die THIS month, at the hands of a KNOWN, repeatedly convicted child sex offender who is being "monitored" by the enept and clueless . That is simply unacceptable.

Or if you are in a hurry for your "data", you DO know a released Murderer will shoot and kill ANOTHER person, by the end of TODAY, dont you?

Who decides who is worth saving and who isn't?
Why, we do every single day....and we're making the wrong choices, every single day

No, we cant "save eveyone", not even close. But the real crime is, WE ACTIVELY PREFER TO KILL those members of our society LEAST deserving such a fate, and bend over backward serving undeserved resources and mercy to those who DO.

We are GOING to kill folks one way or the other.
How about we let it be The Bad Guys for a change?

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The Root 83, BRAVO for telling the truth!! I nominate you for [name the office, your choice].
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