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Sheriff says he's working to keep medical costs down at county jail

Medical costs continue to soar for inmates housed in the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center in Thomson.

And Sheriff Logan Marshall says he's doing everything in his power to keep those costs down, but that he can only do so much.

At a public safety meeting held last Tuesday, Sheriff Marshall told Commissioners Fred Favors and Paul McCorkle that the problem continues to be a major concern of his and his staff.

"We're doing everything we can do," Sheriff Marshall said, noting that the law enforcement agency had received four proposals for medical care services to inmates. "But all of them are super, super high."

One of those proposals for medical services to inmates at the county jail was $184,000, Sheriff Marshall pointed out.

The county's chief law enforcement officer said he had spoken with Doug Keir, administrator of McDuffie Regional Medical Center in Thomson, "but that didn't work out."

One of the big hurdles is the fact that most malpractice insurance paid by doctors only covers onsite visits -- not off-site visits, Sheriff Marshall said. The jail would be considered an off-site visit.

Web posted on Thursday, February 25, 2010

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