What happens if you need to be hospitalized for mental health in the USA, Due to a suicide attempt But you have no health insurance?

Additionally what if you have health insurance from another state. But you no longer live there and are homeless? Would they refuse treatment if you needed to be admitted to the psych ward?


Serious answers only please.

3 Answers

  • Bort
    Lv 6
    8 months ago

    A hospital might refuse to treat and house a person in this situation therefore the person would likely be sent to county or state psychiatric facilities. Another place they might be escorted to would be jail for maybe 48 hours unless they were put on suicide watch in the jail...then they could be kept longer.

    Suicidal individuals incarcerated don't get any luxuries, including clothes. They're given a clear plastic see-through jumpsuit to wear, and almost nothing else. Not a fun situation.

    A person in this situation is best off trying to get in to a homeless shelter and zipping it about being suicidal so they can retain their freedoms.

  • LAN
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    You get put on an assistance program of one type or another.  It's a myth that people are turned away from getting help.

  • 8 months ago

    You generally get emergency medicaid. That might be more limited in conservative states. Otherwise they bill you.

    If you have health insurance, it doesn't matter if you're homeless or out of state. They charge your health insurance and then they charge you the deductible.

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