There are a variety of health-related costs that incarcerated Michiganders are subjected to. Co-pays for medical, dental, and optometrical visits are just one type of cost. Health care co-pays in prison have two purposes: to decrease the cost of health care and to disincentivize the overuse of healthcare services. In actuality, co-pays are exploitive, counterproductive, and unnecessarily harm incarcerated Michiganders.

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