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Clear And Present Medical Crisis: India Has Few Doctors To Treat Its People

The country has one government doctor for 11,000 people. The WHO recommends one doctor for 1,000 people. The situation is worse in rural India where a government doctor serves over 30,000 people.

The government aimed to radically reform India’s healthcare system with the National Medical Commission (NMC) Act, 2019, which the Lok Sabha passed recently. The legislation was met with protests, and the controversy shifted attention from a core problem: India’s acute shortage of doctors. The Act sought to replace the Medical Council of India (MCI) with a new organisation called the National Medical Commission (NMC). – Business Standard

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