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Jail Medical Clinics Under Scrutiny

Volusia County jail officials are reconsidering their contract with the nation’s largest private prison health care provider, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

Corizon Health includes Volusia County among its more than 500 prison and jail contracts across the nation.It also is playing part in Gov. Rick Scott’s efforts to privatize prison health care, the News-Journal said.

But the company has been the subject of multiple complaints, including one from former Volusia prisoner Doug Knichel. He claims he was misdiagnosed by the jail’s medical clinic and lost several toes.

Originally founded in December 2006 as an independent grassroots publication dedicated to coverage of health issues in Florida, Health News Florida was acquired by WUSF Public Media in September 2012.