Sunday, January 2, 2011

There Is No Child Psychiatrist Shortage, Just Laziness

Pediatrics and Family Practice sees 4600 and 4200 visits a year. Child and Adult psychiatriy see 2100 ambulatory encounters in 2009, each. This implies there is no shortage of psychiatrist or of child psychiatrists. It implies they are half as productive, and lazy. We do not need more psychiatrists or child psychiatrists, we need more that are willing to work harder. Earnings have not increased much. That means our productivity has stagnated as well. If the productivity of psychiatrists could approach that of Pediatrics or Family Medicine, it would be equivalent to doubling the supply of psychiatrists. The latter would also have the justification for demands of higher salaries and wages.

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