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Dying for dollars: For-profit health care in Kentucky's jails

Posted by Dustin Robinson on December 18, 2015 at 5:50 PM

Originally published on WCPO on December 17, 2015 by R.J. Dunlop. 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - For two days, Ronald Gaunce lay in the Montgomery County jail, wracked with pain from severe drug withdrawal and awaiting medical care that never came.

Meanwhile, Ronald Waldridge, Gaunce’s taxpayer-funded doctor, was 80 miles away in Shelbyville. Waldridge neither spoke to nor examined Gaunce before he died of a seizure on March 25, 2013.

Waldridge was a busy man. Four days a week, he saw as many as 24 patients a day -- more than the national average -- at his private office. But he also had a side job: “medical director” at 21 Kentucky jails for Southern Health Partners, a private, for-profit health care company.

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