India has little more than a million allopathic doctors for her 1.3 billion citizens.
According to the World Health Organization (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. 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.