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Last November, I sought to get at the financial impact of more ER visits. Data showed an 18% jump in ER visits in San Diego from 2012 to 2017, reflecting a statewide trend.
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San Diego hospitals lose millions annually in psychiatric services. Against that backdrop, where do their financial obligations in behavioral health begin and end? The San Diego County Board of Supervisors recently grappled with the question.
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A San Diego Business Journal examination, which included multiple public records requests, revealed the extent of the patient backlog.
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San Diego hospitals seeking are trying to steer non-emergency patients away from emergency rooms. Why? And how is the trend affecting county ER wait times?

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