Public Radio Report – At The Crossroads, Part 7: Behind Bars, Hep C Takes A Toll

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Rhode Island Public Radio recently hosted a series of informative radio segments on hepatitis C.  We continue sharing this series with Part Seven: Behind Bars, Hep C Takes a Toll on Inmates, and Budgets.  The series covers a range of topics relevant to both patients and providers, including infection statistics, populations at highest risk, the newest pharmaceuticals designed to combat hepatitis C, and barriers for patients attempting to access treatment. Click here to listen to Part Seven of At the Crossroads.

Synopsis:

Rhode Island’s prisons are grappling with a dilemma. Hundreds of inmates have hepatitis C. New drugs can cure it. But they’re so expensive the department of corrections can’t afford them for every inmate who’s sick.

Outside the medium security prison in Cranston.
Outside the medium security prison in Cranston.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

In this next part of our series “At the Crossroads,” a look at how prison officials decide who gets treated first.

If you are a person living with hepatitis C and have questions after reading this article or listening to the public radio broadcast, please call our helpline at 1-800-522-HEPC (4372).

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