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Psychiatrist Shortage Worsens Amid ‘Mental Health Crisis’

The demand for psychiatrists is becoming a more pressing issue for state and federal lawmakers and has contributed to an expansion of insurance coverage of telehealth to increase access to mental health services in shortage areas.

Companies who recruit doctors for health facilities say psychiatrists are almost as desired as primary care doctors, which have for years been the most in-demand physicians in the healthcare labor market.

“Our fourth most-frequently placed provider so far this year is psychiatrists,” Jim Stone, president of The Medicus Firm, said in a statement.