Shortage of Doctors in India - Coggle Diagram
Shortage of Doctors
Yet, India lags behind other countries, with only 4.1 medical graduates per lakh population in 2021.
India has increased medical college seats, with a threefold rise in UG and quadrupling of PG seats since 2010-11.
India faces a persistent shortage of doctors, and attempts to bridge the gap through medical education expansion come with challenges.
Shortages of teaching faculty in both public and private colleges.
Economic viability and equity concerns.
Infrastructure requirements and concerns about quality maintenance.
Curriculum limitations regarding practical classes.
Regulatory and financial constraints limit seat numbers.
from the US
Involving practicing MD doctors as mentors and integrating interprofessional education (IPE) improved education quality and reduced faculty needs.
US, with a similar competency-based curriculum, has successfully scaled doctor production.
Increased healthcare costs.
Dependency on unqualified practitioners.
Overworked healthcare professionals leading to burnout.
Challenges in handling epidemics and emergencies.
Limited access to healthcare, especially in rural areas.
Competency-based curriculum implementation.
Incentives for rural service.
Technology integration for scalable medical education.
Public-private collaboration to expand medical education.
Regulatory reforms to facilitate college establishment and expansion while ensuring quality.
Policymakers must carefully consider quality, scale, and equity trade-offs to meet healthcare needs.
Reintroducing “Licentiate Medical Practitioners”.
Bridging the demand-supply gap for doctors is a multifaceted challenge in India.