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Where are our Doctors

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...

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