Prescription for Indian Medical care Challenges?

In order to meet with the billowing need for medical care facilities in Indian rural and semi urban areas, India will have to add 15 lakh new beds,  15 lakh medical practitioners and 30 lakh new nurses over the next 10 years, according to various surveys.

Close to 1 lakh hospital beds are being added per year in the last 10 years and if this proportion is being maintained, so India would come short of the target by 8-9 lakhs in next 9-10 years.

Also, currently the number of physicians, specialists/surgeons (Anaesthesiologists, cardiologists,  dermatologists , ENT surgeons, gynaecologists, hematologists, neurologists, oncologists, ophthalmologists, paediatricians, pathology, radiologists) technicians/ paramedicals professionals (under biochemistry, biomedical division, cardiology, clinical pharmacy/pharmacists, microbiology, pathology, radiology, sonology) and ward nurse/senior staff nurses are much lower than actual need therefore showing to be huge shortage for widening medical services to immense part of patients who are leave out of speciality and even basic or simple medical health services. Since currently India has only 0.65 medical practitioners, 1.3 hospital beds and 1.3 nurses for 1000 people.

How India can have the best from such huge deficit?

Many industry professionals suggests for taking over affordable operational models along with groundbreaking financing to establish the required healthcare facilities in rural and semi urban areas of the country.

As this sure-fire, initiatives by the public – private partnerships (PPP) have to be built which can arrange affordable healthcare centers for e.g. institutions like Aravind Eye Hospitals in Madurai.

The currently in existence medical facilities must utilize their resources and facilities to their full content and nurses and clinical pharmacists to be groomed to do para skilling activities which can further assure the expenses medical care delivery and further enable the resources to serve large patient groups.

Our country should try to take vantage of our leading stage in information technology and prime position in vaccine manufacturing to increase medical service scope in rural and semi urban regions with efficient medical investigation care and disease curative procedures.  Furthermore, the health ministry of India has to be very active in building Indian medical care environment well disposed for talented physicians, specialists, surgeons, paramedical, nurses to practice medicine in rural regions.

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