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No Free Lunch: Limitationson Psychiatric Care in HMOs
Paul Jay Fink; William R. Dubin
Psychiatric Services 1991; doi:
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Department of psychiatry at Albert Einstein Medical Center; Philadelphia Psychiatric Center

© 1991 by the American Psychiatric Association

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Dr. Sharfstein's introduction: In our zeal to replace psychiatric hospitalization with cost-effective alternatives, we must take care to ensure that appropriate resources remain available for the most severely symptomatic patients with life-threatening psychiatric pathology. This month's column provides appropriate warnings about the pitfalls of capitation arrangements for psychiatric hospitals and for beneficiaries who develop severemental illness. Providers and consumers alike must be aware of limitations on care resulting from scarce resources when choosing models of health care delivery.

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