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Rural Kansas struggles to attract psychiatrists


January 5, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Psychiatrists are so hard to come by in some rural parts of Kansas that out-of-state doctors now commonly treat patients through video conference.

Kansas, like the rest of the U.S., is seeing an increase in patients seeking mental health treatment. The state can't find enough doctors, nurses and therapists to treat them, and providers say the problem is worse in the state's least-populated rural areas.

The Kansas News Service reported that the High Plains Mental Health Center in northwestern Kansas has long struggled to attract psychiatrists for patients in its 20-coun...

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