Posted: Jun 21, 2013 6:16 PM
Updated: Jun 21, 2013 6:18 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Louisiana's corrections department is contracting with a Texas company for telemedicine services for prisoners, rather than continue using the LSU health system for such care.
The change is set to take effect with the new fiscal year that begins July 1. It's part of Gov. Bobby Jindal's push to privatize the university-run hospitals and clinics, which includes reworking the way prisoners receive services.
Telemedicine lets doctors give remote checkups through a video hookup.
Lawmakers said Friday they were displeased with the out-of-state contract.
Thomas Bickham, undersecretary of the Department of Corrections, said US Telehealth put in a lower bid than the LSU Health Care Services Division.
The department released information showing that LSU proposed doing the work for $2.9 million a year, compared to $1.7 million for US Telehealth.