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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A new study on rising prison health care costs shows New York 13th among states in spending for inmate care.

The study by The Pew Charitable Trusts and MacArthur Foundation, examining costs from 2001 to 2008, shows New York spending rose 33 percent to nearly $5,900 for a prisoner's medical care in 2008.

That distantly followed California's $11,800 cost per inmate, up 84 percent, and New Hampshire's 306 percent increase to more than $9,000.

The report says inmates have higher incidence of mental illness and chronic and infectious diseases like AIDS and Hepatitis C than the general population that are costly to treat.

New York was among the few states getting Medicaid reimbursements, getting $4.5 million through 2012.

Researchers cited a comptroller's estimate those savings could be quadrupled annually.

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