Negotiation results in reduction of more than $30,000 in medical bill

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GREENFIELD — Hancock County won’t have to pay as much as originally projected for medical care of an inmate who overdosed on drugs in the Hancock County Jail earlier this year.

Last week, the county council eyed a $66,446 bill from Select Specialty Hospital, where 21-year-old William Campbell spent 18 days in rehabilitation following a June 27 incident in which he overdosed on drugs that had been smuggled into the jail.

This week, Sheriff’s Maj. Brad Burkhart said the bill has been reduced to $30,000 and the county won’t have to dip into funds outside of the sheriff’s department to pay it after all.

Burkhart said the bill was reduced by Quality Correctional Care, the Muncie-based company the county just went into an agreement with to provide medical care for inmates. While Quality Correctional Care’s primary responsibility is to provide inmate medical care inside the jail, Burkhart said it’s a bonus that the company was able to work with the rehabilitation hospital  to reduce the bill on behalf of the county.

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