Texas State Hospitals Bill Patients For Court-Ordered Care

AUSTIN (October 22, 2012)—State hospitals in Texas bill about a dozen patients for psychiatric care they were ordered to undergo by courts, the Austin American-Statesman reports.

The newspaper reported that most patients aren't able to pay when they're ordered into state mental facilities either because they have been found not guilty of a crime by reason of insanity or being held until their condition stabilizes enough for them to be tried.

The state has collected about $4 million over the last three years in private fees.

Insurers have paid for care in some cases, while patients have paid for others out of pocket.

The state has billed one defendant charged with aggravated assault for almost $100,000.

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