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Requirements for Hospitalization

What are the requirements for a Dr. to report and/or hospitalize a patient? If they have a plan, but not a means, would the doctor be liable by law to admit the patient? What if they have a plan, but not a date? I know that if a patient has a history of such things as suicide ideation, and/or attempts that it can be a touchy situation, and most times the doctor will have the person admitted. At what point would you, as a doctor, admit a patient?

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