Title: Private Medical Treatment
Category: Support Services
Implement Date: 28 August 2006
Application: Custodial Operations
Appendices and Forms
|1.||Accessing private medical treatment|
|2.||Prohibition from accessing assisted reproductive technology|
To provide a mechanism by which prisoners can access the services of a private doctor or other health professional to treat or review their medical condition.
Prisoners may have access to private medical practitioners and private medical treatment at their own expense. This will also include associated costs such as transport and corrective services officers escorting the prisoner. The number of corrective services officers required will depend on the prisoners' classification. Refer procedure - Escort of Offenders (in-confidence); appendices - Escort Staffing, Weapons and Restraint Matrix (Location) (in-confidence); Escort Staffing, Weapons and Restraint Matrix (Method QCS) (in-confidence)
Prisoners may apply in writing for private medical treatment by a doctor or psychologist nominated by them in accordance with Corrective Services Act 2006 (CSA) s 22.
The chief executive or delegate may give approval for a prisoner to be treated by a private medical practitioner if satisfied -
A prisoner with a pre-existing medical condition may apply to the chief executive to be permitted to continue receiving such treatment from his or her own doctor.
Any report or recommendation provided by the nominated doctor or psychologist must be considered, however the recommendations made are not binding on the chief executive or delegate.
Prisoners in corrective services facilities can not -
Refer to CSA s 22(2).
Potential providers of private medical treatment should be advised of relevant departmental protocols and that variance from these protocols may place prisoners at risk, such as being stood over to obtain prescribed medication.
The transfer of information between corrective services facilities and private medical treatment providers should be facilitated to maximise continuity of care.
Where private medical treatment is necessary because the services are unavailable in the public sector, corrective services facilities should make necessary arrangements for private treatment. In these instances, the cost of such treatment must be met by the facility concerned, for example -
F P Rockett
28/08/2006 Version 02 - 15/02/2002 Version 01