2019: Looking Back at the Year for Healthcare Professionals

For Indian doctors, 2019 was particularly tough. A series of incidents involving doctors highlighted once again the threat they face in their daily practice.

Addressing the Violence Issue
According to a survey, more than 60% of healthcare expenses are out of pocket and an estimated 25% of Indians are sliding below the poverty line due to their medical expenses alone. Hospitalized patients spend more than half of their annual health care expenses and the poorest one-fifth of Indians have twice the rates of malnutrition, death and fertility compared to the richest. There is a glaring shortage of doctors at government hospitals. India is facing a shortage of 600,000 doctors and 2 million nurses, according to a survey conducted last year. If we want to address the root cause of violence against doctors. Making healthcare more accessible is the answer.

The State of Medical Education
While the government pulls out all stops to get more students to pursue medicine, the statistics appear to paint a darker picture. The Union Minister of State for Health recently made a shocking announcement that for the current academic year, 5,671 post-graduate medical seats, including 5,543 broad specialty courses and 128 super-specialty courses, were vacant. The central government announced plans for the NMC bill to be rolled out. The bill proposes a number of measures to guarantee probity, enhance the quality of medical education and reduce the cost of medical education. Among other measures, the government intends to introduce a six-month bridge course to enable community health workers to practice medicine. Read More

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The issue facing by doctors is not because of lack of doctors and nurses, its basically a problem for people mentality.