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Emergency room doctors see increases in psychiatric patients

from Houston Chronicle

Nearly 85 percent of emergency room doctors polled in 10 states, including Texas, reported psychiatric patients were being held for extended periods in their emergency departments, a new survey shows. More than half of the doctors who responded to the American College of Emergency Physicians said the amount of time and effort their emergency departments spend transferring psychiatric patients who need hospital admission has increased since Jan. 1, when more Americans became covered under the Affordable Care Act. Almost half of emergency room doctors said they have noticed an increase in all emergency visits since Jan. 1. more

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