Turning Patients Into Profit: Psychiatric Hospital Chain Under Fire For Questionable Practices
A BuzzFeed investigation reveals the extent to which Universal Health Services employees say they were told to go to maximize profits for America's largest psychiatric hospital chain.
Locked On The Psych Ward
A yearlong BuzzFeed News investigation — based on interviews with 175 current and former UHS staff, including 18 executives who ran UHS hospitals; more than 120 additional interviews with patients, government investigators, and other experts; and a cache of internal documents — raises grave questions about the extent to which those profits were achieved at the expense of patients. Current and former employees from at least 10 UHS hospitals in nine states said they were under pressure to fill beds by almost any method — which sometimes meant exaggerating people’s symptoms or twisting their words to make them seem suicidal — and to hold them until their insurance payments ran out. (Adams, 12/7)