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Diabetics Win Case for Proper Care if Arrested

September 28, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

The city of Philadelphia will pay $206,000 to diabetics who said they were denied proper medical care while detained by police, under a settlement approved by a federal judge.

The lawsuit, which included more than 250 diabetics, was first brought by the diabetic owner of an adult cabaret who said he nearly died when denied medical care after a 1999 arrest for a liquor code violation.

As part of the agreement, the city will provide all diabetic adults who are arrested or detained a blood-glucose test, medically needed food or medicine, and hospital care if needed.

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