Why you choose best doctor with best infrastructure?
India being the world’s second populated country after China is supposed to have an abundance of skilled manpower resources in all sectors including healthcare. Unfortunately, it is not so, we still have shortage of medical professionals in our country. It is not easy to believe this but yet it is true. To understand why there is shortage we need to take a look at some data available from media.
As per the article published in The National | World, India’s creaking health infrastructure is facing one of its most dire challenges yet: a severe shortage of doctors and medical practitioners, which results in deficient care for hundreds of millions of people across the country.
According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, India has 0.7 doctors per 1,000 people – lower than Pakistan’s 0.8, China’s 1.5, and the UAE’s 2.5.
The public health system, especially medical facilities in rural areas, bears the brunt of this deficit.
As of March 2015, 8 per cent of India’s 25,300 primary health centers had no doctor. More than 80 per cent of community health centre’s, where specialists practice, had no surgeons; 76 per cent had no obstetricians and gynecologists, and 82 per cent had no pediatricians, according to a study by the Lancet – a UK medical journal.
The shortage comes despite India having more than 400 medical schools, which take in roughly 50,000 students annually. Even so, the country needs at least 750,000 more doctors, J P Nadda, India’s health minister, said in January 2015.
A large part of the shortage problem is that every year, thousands of doctors choose to leave India and study or practice overseas.
India-trained doctors account for nearly 5 per cent of American physicians and 11 per cent of British physicians, according to a 2005 study in the New England Journal of Medicine. According to OECD figures, nearly 86,000 doctors from India were working in the OECD’s 35 member countries. In second place were Chinese doctors, who numbered 26,000.
From April 2013 to March 2016, 4,701 graduates from Indian medical schools left to study or work abroad, according to the Medical Council of India, a government body that oversees medical education.
Of those who remain, most choose to work in cities, rather than move to rural areas, where the deficiencies of medical care are most glaringly felt. Private clinics and hospitals pay far more than government health centre’s, so newly minted doctors often follow the money.
Madhav G Deo, a Pune-based oncologist who has served on the Medical Council of India (MCI) – a government body overseeing medical education – said that the country’s foremost government hospital, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, was always packed with patients.
“It’s like a crowded railway platform,” Dr Deo said. “Why are so many people standing around, having come from villages so far away? Doesn’t that indicate a failure of our system?”
In 2012, the Indian government decided that it should aim for a minimum doctor-citizen ratio of 1 to 1,000. At present, India has one doctor for every 1,681 people, according to MCI statistics.
But at that ratio, the pressure of work upon individual doctors can be intense.
So the ground reality from above facts & data is very clear and we now understand the reason of shortages of good medical professionals in our country. The scenario is much better in urban cities as compared to rural areas. In metro cities you have access to good medical professionals but at high price.
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