Psychiatrist Shortage Comes Amid Calls To Improve Mental Health Care09:35
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This Aug. 26, 2016 photo shows the Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital in Berlin, Vt. (Wilson Ring/AP)MoreCloseclosemore
This Aug. 26, 2016 photo shows the Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital in Berlin, Vt. (Wilson Ring/AP)

There's a shortage of psychiatrists across the country, especially in rural areas, at a time when there are calls to improve mental health care. The demand for psychiatrists is increasing as the population grows and ages, and the shortage means people with mental illness have a hard time getting care.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks with Dr. Darrell Kirch, president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges, who's also a psychiatrist.

This segment aired on March 9, 2018.

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