Healthcare crisis at our doorstep: Study
We have a healthcare crisis on our hands and the situation will get worse as the population and the demand on the sector increases, says Mr Arvind Singhal, Chairman of Technopak Advisors, concerned that there seems to be no urgency on the part of the powers-that-be to rectify the situation.
The availability, in absolute terms, of hospital-beds, doctors and nurses already shows the country needs to increase its numbers, he told Business Line, adding that, even if the Government doubled the number of medical seats, it would take about nine years to have a complete doctor working in the system.
Close to half the medical colleges in the country are in the Southern States and the large, quality hospitals are centred in the top 12 cities.
About 45 per cent of the population travels more than 100 km to access higher levels of medical care; there are 13.7 lakh hospital beds, but only 50 per cent are functional and relevant. And over 80 per cent of healthcare spend is in the private sector and is predominantly unorganised and fragmented, the study said.