Psychiatric hospital nurses: Patients' stays extended to raise revenues

Fadi Ayadat, Haaretz, June 17, 2007 Care providers at the psychiatric hospital in Tirat Carmel have stated that the hospital's policy is to extend patients' hospital stays as long as possible in order to raise revenue, often times against the patient's own best interests. Two senior nurses at the hospital stated that their institution's policy was to stretch as many hospitalization days as possible out of each patient and to try to discharge as few as possible. "We spoke to the administration and told them that we were hospitalizing patients that don't need our treatment," said one of the two nurses. The nurse stated that a department head told him in response that "If we do otherwise, we won't have any work. This is our livelihood." ... Psychiatric