Medical News and Perspectives
July 28, 2004

Aging Prisoners Stressing Health Care System

JAMA. 2004;292(4):423-424. doi:10.1001/jama.292.4.423

Chicago—Listen to health care professionals in the correctional field and they will remind you that prisoners are the only individuals in the United States with a legal right to health care. Consider that right in the context of an aging prison population, tight budgets, and growing numbers of incarcerated patients with chronic conditions and diseases affecting older individuals and it's clear that the system is on the verge of a health care crisis.

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