State Needs to Address Psychiatric Physicians' Shortage - 06/22/2016
As you are well aware, our state has a great need for more health care professionals, but nowhere is the need more acute than in the area of psychiatric physicians. When Texas ratios of physicians per 100,000 people, by specialty, are compared with U.S. totals, Texas outranks the United States in only four major specialties: aerospace medicine, medical genetics, transplant surgery, and colon and rectal surgery. Meanwhile, Texas ranks below the Unites States for the other 36 out of 40 medical specialties, with psychiatry having the lowest rate at only 58.2 percent of the U.S. ratio. Child/adolescent psychiatry is also near the bottom of the rankings, at 68.7 percent of the U.S. ratio.