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Hospitals lose money caring for mental health patients; is there a better way?
San Diego Union-Tribune

Chronic underfunding of nearly $4 million per year was one of the main reasons cited for last year’s closure of the psychiatric units at Tri-City Medical Center, and the Oceanside hospital is not alone.

For many years now, every hospital in the region has made it clear that they lose money on every psychiatric Medi-Cal patient they treat.

But despite this long-standing situation, the latest thinking about how to increase the quantity and quality of mental health care in San Diego County is largely focused outside hospitals.