Doctor Shortage in India–Why?

In India, there are only 700,000 registered doctors according to the Medical Council of India.  Now, do the math 700,000 doctors for a country of 1 billion people.  The answer to this is very simple.  Severe shortage of medical personal in India is largely because of government meddling and unnecessary political interference in medical education, establishment of non-merit based caste quotas, and other corrupt practices.  In contrast, the United States has nearly 1 million doctors for a population of 300 million.  Of course, we won’t compare the quality of medical education between these two countries. This monumental institutional failure is hurting doctors and patients.  Hence, you are witnessing highly skilled Indian doctors making a beeline for the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and other European destinations, and access to quality health and affordable health care in India is sorely lacking.

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