· Total number of registered Allopathic doctors is 1,041,395 (up to 2017)
· Assuming 80% availability, an estimated 8.33 lakh doctors may be actually available for active service.
· Doctor-population ratio 1:1596 as against 1:1000 as prescribed by the WHO.
· Patient-bed ratio: 0.9 beds per 1,000 population
· Govt spending for health care: Rs 1,112 per capita, which means only Rs 3 per day is spent per day for the healthcare of an average Indian
· Health Sector spending 1.16% of the GDP (proposed to increase to 2.5% of the GDP in National Health Policy 2017)
· Govt. contribution to health insurance 32% (vs 83.5% in UK)
· Density of doctors at national level 79.7 per lakh population, of nurses and midwives 61.3 per lakh, and of dentists just 2.4 per lakh. Of all doctors, 77.2% were allopathic and 22.8% were Ayurvedic, Homeopathic or Unani.
· More than 60% of the registered doctors are concentrated in urban areas
· There are 476 medical colleges, 313 Colleges for BDS courses and 249 colleges which conduct MDS courses.
· There are 23,582 government hospitals having 710,761 beds in the country. 19,810 hospitals are in rural area with 279,588 beds and 3,772 hospitals are in urban area with 431,173 beds.
· 70% of population of India lives in rural area and to cater their need there are 156,231 Sub Centres, 25,650 Primary Health Centres and 5,624 Community Health Centres in India as on 31st March 2017.
· Total no. of licensed Blood Banks is 2903 (2017).
(Source: National Health Profile 2018)
Dr KK Aggarwal
Padma Shri Awardee
Vice President CMAAO
Group Editor-in-Chief IJCP Publications
President Heart Care Foundation of India
Immediate Past National President IMA