This is a 27 percent decrease from 2003, according to the 2012 AHA Annual Survey of Hospitals. Survey results also showed that psychiatric emergency services, provided by 33 percent of hospitals, and outpatient services, provided by 27 percent of hospitals, both decreased by approximately 3 percent since 2003. Among treatments for alcohol or drug abuse or dependence, 15 percent of hospitals offered outpatient services and 10 percent offered inpatient care units, a decline of 24 percent and 15 percent, respectively.
In addition to decades of insufficient reimbursement for psychiatric services in general, a shortage of providers can impact certain populations. The number of hospitals offering psychiatric services for children and adolescents as well as geriatric patients also declined between 2003 and 2012. Child and adolescent services decreased by nearly 6 percent and geriatric services decreased by 3 percent.
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