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Over 3 Years, 9 Patients Made 2,700 ER Visits Costing $33 Million

Thursday, April 2, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

You read that right.

Part of the problem is the wake of deinstitutionalization policies that favored the now homeless being turned out of long-term psychiatric care, and an increasing trend away from incarceration for drug offenders. Given that both populations would be incurring taxpayer born costs if housed in hospitals or prisons, the $33 million number is deceiving.

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