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Untreated Mental Health Issues Key in Helping System’s “Frequent Flyers”

Christina Jackson looks out the front door of her home in Aurora, Colo. Health care costs, many of them preventable, rank among the highest indirect impacts of mental illness, an analysis by Rocky Mountain PBS I-News has found.

A relatively small group of patients in Colorado rack up an inordinate amount of emergency room and other hospital bills. Many of these so-called frequent flyers suffer with underlying mental illnesses. Officials say behavioral disorders are a root cause of high medical expenses. Continue Reading →

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