A BuzzFeed News investigation into Universal Health Services (UHS) raised questions about America’s largest psychiatric hospital chain. BuzzFeed News talked to 175 current and former staff members, many of whom said that UHS prioritized filling beds over the safety of staff and the rights of patients.
UHS has more than 200 facilities across the country. Last year the chain admitted nearly 450,000 patients. Employees said that they were under pressure to admit patients by any means necessary, including exaggerating suicidal symptoms. Once a patient was admitted, many staff members said they were encouraged to keep them until insurance payments ran out.
The company disputes BuzzFeed News’ findings and bought a domain name (www.uhsthefacts.com) to counter the investigation.