County looks to hospital district for indigent inmate healthcare



Frio County commissioners have indicated they are satisfied a portion of the financial burden incurred for inmate medical expenses will be lifted for indigent prisoners. Frio County Attorney Joseph Sindon said he had researched the issue and found that if an indigent inmate is housed at the county jail and is a resident of the current hospital district, any medical services are paid by the hospital district. In November, the hospital district expanded to cover all four precincts in Frio County.

“I went to the hospital district’s attorney and they agree with me,” Sindon told commissioners Wednesday, January 3. “But [the inmates] have to be indigent, which I believe they are because most of the time if they are still in jail they cannot afford their bond.” In order to be deemed indigent, an inmate must fill out an application and submit it for approval. A person is found indigent, if at the time of need, he or she does not have sufficient assets, credit, or other means to provide payment for services rendered.


To read more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.

Rate this article: 
No votes yet