Most states are having even more difficulty than Nevada with controlling inmate medical costs, according to a national study by Pew Research Center — MacArthur Foundation. According to the study, which was released Tuesday, per-inmate health care spending rose an average of 32 percent nationwide between 2001 and 2008. That cost actually decreased 16 percent in Nevada. Nevada’s costs, however, are projected to rise over the coming years as the inmate population ages. Prison medical officials say just 5.8 percent of the inmate population — those over 55 — consumes nearly 20 percent of the medical budget. But they say …
Aging-inmate issues not unique to Nev.
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