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Less than one doctor for 1000 population in India: Government to Lok Sabha


Less than one doctor for 1000 population in India: Government to Lok Sabha

NEW DELHI: India has less than one doctor for every 1000 population which is less than the World Health Organisation (WHO)  standard, the Lok Sabha was informed.

Minister of State for Health Anupriya Patel said as per information provided by the Medical Council of India, there were a total 10,22,859 allopathic doctors registered with the state medical councils or Medical Council of India as on March 31 this year.

“Assuming 80 per cent availability, it is estimated that around 8.18 lakh doctors may actually be available for active service. It gives a doctor-population ratio of 0.62:1000 as per current population which is estimated to be of around 1.33 billion,” she said during Question Hour.

NEW DELHI: India has less than one doctor for every 1000 population which is less than the World Health Organisation standard, the Lok Sabha was informed on Friday.

Minister of State for Health Anupriya Patel said as per information provided by the Medical Council of India, there were a total 10,22,859 allopathic doctors registered with the state medical councils or Medical Council of India (MCI) as on March 31 this year.

“Assuming 80 per cent availability, it is estimated that around 8.18 lakh doctors may actually be available for active service. It gives a doctor-population ratio of 0.62:1000 as per current population which is estimated to be of around 1.33 billion,” she said during Question Hour.




Source: PTI
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  1. Even this low number is causing irreparable damages to PATIENTS, by NEGLIGENCE. so. it is not the number, but QUALITY of Treatment, has to be ENHANCED.

  2. There will be even less if the system continues to ignore the interests of healthcare system and it\’s providers. Future patients will be treated by bureaucrats and politicians. And what government is doing for the aspiring and qualified doctors. You complete the degree and face unemployment or compromise with your skills.

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    Dr Maneesh Gupta July 23, 2017, 7:41 pm

    Statistics lie. Trained and skilled doctors are underpaid and earn much less than the very sales people who sell medicines to doctors. If there really was a shortage then doctors should have been earning handsomely or have a choice of jobs. That isn\’t true. No state government is giving jobs to doctors. No state government is making any attempts to prevent quackery, and not state government is making any attempts to prevent self medication. On the contrary, state and central government are readying themselves to flood the country with medicines on demand by online marketplaces and preparing half educated people to provide health services. Our country is an example of chaos that can only worsen the situation for doctors.

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    Dr supriya mahajan July 23, 2017, 10:18 am

    I feel sorry for the undergrdauates being churned out ….there is actually a glut in urban areas and no one will go to the rural areas….10 yrs from now I expect most of the Pvt medical colleges to shut down…somewhat like the dental and engineering college….what a landmark colossal mistake this is converting every Pvt hospital public district hospital to a college…

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    Dr. Gurudutt joshi July 23, 2017, 9:14 am

    It is the distribution of doctors which is important and not the ratio ,ratio in cities may be 1: 1000 or more this ratio means requirement of 12,50,000doctors needed ,nobody knows what kind of doctors are needed and this include allopathic doctors ,homeopathic doctors ,ayrvedic doctors ? All 125 billion population is not unhealthy and govt. is not going to give guarantee for employment to every coming out doctors from medical colleges ,this will raise the unemployment level of doctors in India .