By Mayur Trivedi
Assistant Professor at public health foundation of India
Issue - Healthcare Perspectives
Date - 1st May 2018
The Indian Health sector currently suffers from a skewed doctor to patient ratio. India must look beyond recruitment, focus on retention of public sector doctors and use methods of social science and management for enhanced delivery of public health services.
India has little more than a million allopathic doctors for her 1.3 billion citizens. According to World Health Organisation (WHO), India has been improving its doctor-population ratio from 1:1900 in 2000 to 1:1319 in 2016 as against the ideal of 1:1000 people (WHO, 2017). Among the existing doctors, the urban to rural ratio is 3.8:1 making rural presence of doctors a serious concern (Rajya Sabha, 2018). Despite increase in overall density of physicians, shortage of doctors and specialists remains an...