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Most ER Doctors Don’t Believe The Mental Health System Is Working For Patients

Over 80% of emergency physicians believe that the mental health systems currently in place in their communities and surrounding regions are not providing optimal care for patients, based on a national survey of nearly 1,500 emergency physicians by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

The survey, conducted in July 2015, was recently released at ACEP’s annual Scientific Assembly, held this year in Boston, October 25-29. ACEP is currently the largest advocacy group for emergency physicians in the U.S.

Options for acute care for patients with psychiatric illness have been shrinking over the past several decades, in part a reflection of more narrow networks by insurers, but also due to lack of coordinated and connected care for those without financial resources who remain underinsured or uninsured.