Audit: Weak controls on N.C. prisoner medical costs : : Greensboro & the Triad's most trusted source for local news and analysis

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina lacks controls to rein in prisoner medical expenses that could save the state tens of millions of dollars annually, State Auditor Beth Wood’s office said Thursday after its review said correction officials are at the mercy of outside hospitals when it comes to setting payment rates.

The fiscal control audit of prisoner medical services at the Department of Correction examined 131 of the largest payments to hospitals for individual inmates’ treatment during the second half of 2008 and found that 16 exceeded $100,000.

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