Health Sector – UHC, National Health Policy, Family Planning, Health Insurance, etc.

India will need 2.07 million more doctors by 2030, says study


Mains Paper 2: Governance | Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Not much

Mains level: Specially mentioned in the syllabus


Particulars of the report

  1. According to the report, to achieve a modest doctor-to-population ratio of 1:1,000, India will need 2.07 million more doctors by 2030
  2. The study was published in the Indian Journal of Public Health
  3. The prospects of the numbers increasing over the next 15-year period, it looks like an impossible task to achieve even a modest doctor-population ratio of 1:1000 by 2030
  4. Due to non-availability of data, the leakage of doctors for reasons such as those who discontinued medical practice due to change in profession, death or for any other reason during 1979-2014 (35-year period) is assumed to be zero

Comparison of the results of the study by WHO’s comment

  1. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the ministry of health, India has seven doctors per 10,000 people
  2. The research paper found that there were only 4.8 practising doctors per 10,000 people available in India in 2014
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