Nurse: We Should Support Prisoners’ Demands for Better Health Care

"There have been claims that health care is better at Burnside than outside. This is simply not true.

Imprisonment removes someone’s autonomy for their own health maintenance and strips them of options for the self-care our society is so keen to promote. Prisoners inside do not have access to the Internet.

If a woman has symptoms, she cannot Google them to try to understand what is happening. The cost to call her mom for advice is prohibitive. She cannot walk to a drug store to discuss it with a pharmacist or purchase over-the-counter medication for common health concerns like a headache, a yeast infection, or constipation. She cannot line up at a walk-in clinic for a few hours."

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Grace Szucs