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November 10, 2004

Health Care Delivery in the Texas Prison System

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(18):2212-2213. doi:10.1001/jama.292.18.2212-a

To the Editor: The article by Drs Raimer and Stobo1 highlighted many improvements in the health care of inmates in the Texas prison system, but did not discuss whether any prison hospice programs were initiated during this time period. The decrease in mortality rates in the Texas prison health care system related to chronic diseases is commendable. Unfortunately, the aging of the prison population will continue to challenge current prison health services.2