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80 Percent of Indian doctors located in urban areas – KPMG OPPI Report

80 Percent of Indian doctors located in urban areas – KPMG OPPI Report

Nearly 75 per cent of dispensaries, 60 per cent of hospitals and 80 per cent of doctors are located in urban areas, serving only 28 per cent of the Indian populace, says a new report released by KPMG and the Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI).

The survey was released at the Fifth Healthcare Access Summit – act on NCDs organised by OPPI and supported by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers here on Friday.

Speaking at the event Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office and Development of North Eastern Region, pointed out at the mismatch in rural and urban areas in the healthcare sector.

“India has got world class private healthcare sector and only one-third of the population can access this. There is a huge mismatch which needs to covered. Healthcare sector needs to establish its base in sub-urban and rural places as well,” Singh said.

The report also pointed out that non-communicable diseases (NCDs) account for nearly 60 per cent of deaths in India annually and the country is estimated to lose $4.58 trillion by 2030 due to them.

“Awareness about NCDs needs to be created among people living in rural areas and not just cities to reduce the growing percentage. Changes in lifestyle is a major reason, physical activities have gone down and therefore healthy routine should be adopted,” Singh emphasised.

NCDs like diabetes, cardio-vascular diseases, chronic lung diseases and cancer are not just restricted to urban but gradually spreading to rural, north and northeastern parts of the country.

“NCD like diabetes is a genetic disease which is usually transmitted to off springs from parents and therefore putting a stop from generation to generation transfer of the disease is important. Regular checkups is must for off springs with diabetic parents and vaccinations at early age is also necessary,” said Arun Panda, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare at the event.

Panda also mentioned that the government is taking steps by spreading awareness through radio jingles, television and print advertisements.

“In line with WHO’s Global action plan for the prevention and control of ncds 2013-2020, India is one of the first countries to develop specific national targets and indicators aimed at reducing the number of global premature deaths from ncds by 25 per cent by 2025,” Panda stated.

The report further cited some poor healthcare indices for India like the life expectancy rate (68 years in 2015) which is amongst the lowest in BRIC nations.

In rural India, only 37 per cent of people have access to In-Patient Department (IPD) facilities within a 5 km distance and only 68 per cent have access to an Out-Patient Department (OPD). India also has the lowest number of physicians per 10,000 population among BRIC countries, the report revealed.

Source: IANS
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    ramana nutanapati August 23, 2016, 11:03 am

    Dear, i work in municipal town call TUNI in Andhra Pradesh. Here quacks are running allopathic hospitals and Chemists are acting as doctors and dispensing medicines on the prescription of quacks. in the last 15 years, no MBBS doctor has dared to open a hospital or clinic because of the quacks and chemists.

    If an MBBS doctor goes rural area and practice, he can\’t even earn for his livelihood.

    In July 2016, East godavari district DMHO has called applications for 18 Medical officer posts. 97 people applied. Based on this one can under understand and estimate what the MBBS doctors (after 3 years hardwork in 10+2 level and 6 years at MBBS level) is doing in the society. The salary of attender in central government department is 16,000 per month plus extra income. But MBBS doctors are offered salary of 15,000 to 20000 per month across many corporate and district level private hospitals.

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    Dr. Subhash Goel August 22, 2016, 5:07 pm

    Govt. must give incentives to Doctors as it gives to Industries.
    Make Rural Area Income tax free zone and free from CPA for Doctors
    This will definitely improve Doctors number in rural area.

  3. This situation has a lot to do with neglect of primary care as a speciality.

  4. Absolutely true.
    Government\’s responsibility should be FOCUSSED on primary care & PREVENTIVE Health. The resources required for these are a fraction of the capital intensive tertiary care that almost all governments are squandering on.
    There are any number of private entities that can take care of the Tertiary care. Currently almost 80% of this is at the expense of the tax payer\’s money through various govt schemes!!
    Our hardworking parliamentarians, across the board, never ask the RIGHT questions: for eg why should a Brain dead former minister be on endless support for years together and who is paying for that?

  5. Producing more and more doctors,more and more medical colleges,especially in private sector is resulting in a lopsided head heavy health infrastructure.
    Unless large number of well trained primary care doctors are produced and incentives are giving for them to work in the community,the situation will only become worse.
    At present the DNB family medicine is not the first choice and the numbers coming out of this portal is insignificant. To make a difference this number should be much more and they must have reasonable prospects.
    This to happen there should be career structure and every medical college must have family medicine department which is independent of community medicine. The two are very different.
    So this government must wake up and lopsided priorities must undergo a drastic change