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Health Officials Review TB Indigent Policies

Friday, June 21, 2013                                  4:55 AM 

A homeless man who was arrested in Findlay and claiming to have tuberculosis, prompted health officials to review TB treatment protocols. Even though the homeless man's claim proved to be false, local governments are forced to deal with legitimate claims which can be costly according to the Courier. The State Department of Health's TB Controller Maureen Murphy-Weiss said indigent tuberculosis cases can cost local governments anywhere from $22,000 to more than $1 million depending on various medical factors. Locally, the county is fiscally responsible for tuberculosis control for those with no insurance or are not eligible for Medicaid. In Ohio, 149 cases were reported in 2012, including one in Hancock County.



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