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Rick Scott, Governor
Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Prisons

Cost Savings

Through a series of cost-cutting measures, the Florida Department of Corrections reduced its expenditures by $24 million from the previous fiscal year while improving the quality of its inmate health care.

Cost cutting efforts include:

  • a more-efficient utilization management nursing program;
  • replacing expensive temporary contracted staff with full-time state employees;
  • enacting legislation limiting non-contracted hospital and physician charges to 110% of Medicare rates;
  • expanding secure private hospital bed capacity, which costs less and is safer than having inmates monitored by officers at multiple hospitals;
  • revising pharmaceutical purchasing and dispensing practices;
  • de-privatizing dental services; and
  • renegotiating many contracts with health care providers at reduce payment rates.

A Quote from Dr. Rahangdale, Deputy Secretary for Health Services

“Secretary McNeil has allowed us to focus on providing prompt acute care and proper chronic care to inmates in our custody, and this preventive, evidence-based approach has yielded tremendous cost efficiencies.”

Dr. Sandeep Rahangdale,
Deputy Secretary for Health Services