More Children Visiting ERs for Psychiatric Care

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More Children Visiting ERs for Psychiatric Care
Fri, 10-14-2011 - 3:03pm

FRIDAY, Oct. 14 (HealthDay News) -- A growing number of American children are receiving psychiatric care in hospital emergency departments, particularly children who have no insurance or are covered by Medicaid.

That's the finding of a new study that examined 279 million visits made by children to U.S. emergency departments from 1999 to 2007.

During that time, the rate of psychiatric visits increased from 2.4 percent to 3 percent. Underinsured children accounted for 46 percent of those visits in 1999 and 54 percent in 2007.



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