Not For Those Who Need It Most
Govt seems to have abandoned healthcare to the private sector
Diagnosing An Ailing Republic
- 70 per cent of India still lives in the villages, where only two per cent of qualified allopathic doctors are available
- Due to lack of access to medical care, rural India relies on homoeopathy, Ayurveda, nature cure, and village doctors
- While the world trend is to move towards public health systems, India is moving in the opposite direction: 80 per cent of healthcare is now in private sector
- India faces a shortage of 65 lakh allied health workers. This is apart from the nurse-doctor shortage.
- According to World Health Statistics, 2011, the density of doctors in India is 6 for a population of 10,000, while that of nurses and midwives is 13 per 10,000
- India has a doctor: population ratio of 0.5: 1000 in comparison to 0.3 in Thailand, 0.4 in Sri Lanka, 1.6 in China, 5.4 in the UK, and 5.5 in the United States of...