To create awareness about inadequate health care in India and solution for the root cause.

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•           Alarming Indian Healthcare Crisis.

•           One Allopathic Doctor per 11,000 people.

•.          Change is possible by increasing Medical colleges and MBBS seats.

•           Reduce the cost to create medical colleges & medical education.

•           Avoid non-qualified people coming into health care and spoiling the system further.

 

Healthcare should be available and affordable for all and it also should be spread all over the country. Because of this non-availability of Doctors & non-affordability of Healthcare is the origin for increased death rate especially in young, youth and productive population. As per the information given by WHO the number of Allopathic Doctors for 10,000 population in India is 6. Unfortunately this is less than Pakistan which is 8.3. In this regard the best country being Monaco at 71 and the other well-known & developed countries like UK at 21, USA at 27. UN estimated recent India population in 2019 is 136,20,97,347. The UN/WHO describe the ideal doctor-population ratio as 1:1,000. So as per this at least India should have 13,62,097 Doctors to reach the minimal standard, where as we have only 9,53,468 Doctors Suppose if we wish to keep us at par with UK & USA  we should have 34,05,243 Doctors, this is by the calculation with the figures cited above. So India has to increase a minimum of 4,00,000 Doctors to reach UN & WHO’s minimal recommendations and to add 30,00,000 more to reach UK & USA level. India produces 50,000 Doctors a Year. We don’t have the data how many migrate permanently to other countries like USA, UK, Australia etc, working outside our territory like middle east, South East Asia etc.

Another unofficial study says Doctor-population ratio In India, one allopathic doctor for 11,082 people. Official data shows; Bihar, UP are worst hit.  There are a total of 10,22,859 MBBS (Modern Medicine) doctors registered with the MCI or State Medical Councils as on March 31, 2017. About 12,870 MBBS student positions have been added in the last 3 years.

Engineering seats outnumber the MBBS seats by 22:1. The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has been successful in creating a regular supply of engineers whereas IMC / NMC failed to meet the requirement for doctors. Still our methodology of approving a medical college is by the rules that were framed nearly 2 decades back. Now with the modern trends skulking into our education system we see a great revolution as it is and it’s going to multiply exponentially in the coming years like Internet, web based learning, digitalisation of records & literature, audio visual teaching etc. In fact now we don’t require the similar rules like in the past ex: number of Acers of land, square area of the construction etc. By reducing these burdens on medical education the Government in turn can provide the medical education in less expensive manner so it’s reachable to all.

As per the NEET 2018 result statistics published 12,69,922 candidates who appeared for NEET 2018  and qualified are 7,14,562 (8) but we have only 50-60,000 seats available for MBBS(3&6). It means more than 11-14 candidates compete per MBBS seat. One side we are having shortage of Doctors and on the other side we have so much of competition to secure a Medical seat. This can be addressed by increasing the colleges with new rules & regulations to commence a medical college and reduce the cost of MBBS education. Another worrying factor is because of this gap the local state governments are trying to bridge the gap with ill & non-qualified RMP, PMP, Unani, Ayurveda & Homeo trained people are been projected and allowed to perform allopathic related medical practices. IMC / NMC don’t have any control on these non-qualified people and where as they can impose more rigid and yet times disturbing rules to properly qualified Doctors.

 

References:

1.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_and_dependencies_by_number_of_physicians

2. http://worldpopulationreview.com/countries/india-population/

3. https://thewire.in/education/medical-colleges-mci-mbbs

4. https://www.financialexpress.com/india-news/doctor-population-ratio-in-india-one-allopathic-doctor-for-11082-people-official-data-shows-bihar-up-worst-hit/1213243/

5. http://www.jfmpc.com/article.asp?issn=2249-4863;year=2018;volume=7;issue=5;spage=841;epage=844;aulast=Kumar

6. http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/less-than-one-doctor-for-1-000-population -in-india-govt-to-ls/story-olGNMk fVFFWSfZ0I23YOdM.html. [Last accessed on 2018 Aug 10].

7. https://theprint.in/talk-point/is-indias-abysmal-doctor-patient-ratio-a-self-made-crisis/75068/

8. https://medicine.careers360.com/articles/neet-2018-result-statistics