Posted by: 1touch | April 7, 2008

Medical education: Privatization is must

Medical tourism sector in India is on the boom. It is expected that by 2012, the revenue generated by the industry will be $2 billion. Everyday new corporate hospitals are coming up in certain part of the country.
But on the other side, the picture is grim. According to a recently released planning commission report, there is an acute shortage of healthcare professionals including doctors, dentists and nurses in India. The figure states that the patient- doctor ratio has gone down to 1, i.e. for every 10000 patients there is 1 doctor, the shortage of doctors and other healthcare professionals is in lacs i.e. doctors (6 lacs), dentists (2 lacs) and nurses (10 lacs).
The very thing that perturbs in the entire situation is the fact that when there is a large human resource requirement in healthcare sector across the country, the country has been ranked number one among the supplier of healthcare professionals to other countries of the world. Of the total number of doctors, 5% are serving abroad in countries like US, UK, Europe, Middle East etc. Along with these, India has also emerged as one of the top suppliers of other healthcare professionals, particularly radiologists, laboratory technicians, dental hygienists, physiotherapists and medical rehabilitation workers.
In view of this situation, the planning commission has come up with a suggestion of the privatization of the medical education, like that of nursing colleges which has already been allowed. It assumes that to achieve this tedious task of bridging the gap between required and present number of doctors, the private sector participation is the only option and is planning to start 60 new medical colleges and 225 new nursing colleges in public- private partnership mode. To do so, entry barriers to the sector like land and space requirement needs to be lowered to realistic levels of present scenario, which is the prime barrier for private sector. The commission suggests that the government should get a step back and limit itself to the opening of few high quality research institutes.
Along with this, one of the things which require immediate check is the depreciating number of post- graduates in medical field. For this, it has planned to set- up 6 AIIMS level institute and upgrading of 13 existing institutes in the 11th five year plan.

Above all this, the medical students before leaving the country for the career should think once of the country which has invested on them a lot, with an expectation of producing a doctor for the country who will participate and play a role in the development of the country and its citizens.



  1. The situation of brain drain is very grave in the country. Despite having all the talent, Indian medical sector is facing a huge depreciated manpower problem. Privitization of the colleges should be allowed, but with a bit of Govt. cap. They should not be let loose as it is. It may also create a some other sort of mayhem like hiked fees, low quality education etc.

  2. privatisation will only lead to hike in fees and centering of medical education among priviledged class.govt cant ignore its responsibilities…..

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