With rising population and subsequent healthcare demands, Kerala and the country at large grapples with an extraordinary scenario where the doctor : patient ratio ranges from 6 to 20 times the world standards.
In Kerala an allopathic doctor treats 6810 patients on an average. The ratio is more than six times the WHO laid-down norm of 1:1000 doctor-patient ratio.
The national average is worse standing at 1:11,082 meaning ten times the WHO indicated ratio.
As per a 2017 study, Kerala has 55,251 allopaths.
Interestingly the number of registered doctors has come down compared to previous years.
In 2017 only 833 doctors registered under the Medical Councils while the number stood at 3,335 in 2016.
Delhi has one of the best doctor-patient ratio in the country at 1:2203 while Bihar is the worst case scenario with 1:28391.
In Uttar Pradesh it is 1: 19962, Madhya Pradesh 1: 16,996, Karnataka 1:13,556.
Narendra Modi govt move to enhance allopathic practitioner numbers by licensing those from alternative streams to practice allopathy after doing a ‘bridge course’ is expected to bring some respite to the situation.