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|Hi Elizabeth,Thank you for your comment. I think you might not raeilze how much training psychologists actually have. I spent 7 years in a very demanding Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology, followed by a residency which I am still in the process of completing. Clinical psychology Ph.D. programs are highly competitive, highly selective, and lengthy (average time to completion is 7 years). We also have to do a 1-2 year residency. So the length of time we spend in training is equivalent to the 4 years med school plus 4 years residency that psychiatrists complete. I won't go into specifics, but doctoral students in psychology certainly rack up their share of student debt as well! I'm not saying that psychiatrists should be reimbursed less. Rather, I'm saying that psychologists should be reimbursed more. Clinical psychologists are doctoral-level professionals with highly specialized training, and they should be compensated as such. Master's level mental health professionals, such as clinical social workers and licensed mental health counselors, have considerably less training (usually only 2 years). It would make sense to reimburse them at a lower rate than psychiatrists.It is such a shame that it's hard to recruit med school graduates into psychiatry. We could certainly use more psychiatrists.
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