It looks like the Government is leaving no stone unturned to improve healthcare infrastructure across country, enabling people of all strata of society to avail accessible, affordable and quality medical facilities.
In order to improve doctor patient ratio which is a major pain point of the Indian healthcare delivery system, the Central government has increased MBBS seats by more than 26 percent in last two years, taking the total number of seats to around 75,000.
In addition, 8,900 PG seats have also been added up in the period to fill the gap of huge requirements of specialists.
A total of 5,250 MBBS seats were added during the period of 2017-18 and 2018-19, while 10,565 in 2019-20 so far, the Union Minister of Heath and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan said in Lok Sabha on Friday, as per a report in TOI. The number of seats added in 2019-20 is more than double of the combined total of previous two years. Out of total 10,565 seats, around 4,800 have been reserved for students from economically weaker sections.
As per the report, Vardhan also informed the House that 82 new medical colleges were also being set up by upgrading district or referral hospitals.
According to WHO, there should be one doctor per 1,000 persons ideally. As India has a total of 11.60 lakh registered Allopathy doctors, the country has a distorted ratio of 1: 1,456 doctors population ratio.