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India has low doctor to patient ratio, study finds

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 30 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5195
  1. Sanjeet Bagcchi
  1. 1Kolkata

India has one government doctor for every 11 528 people and one nurse for every 483 people, figures from a report on the country’s health sector have shown.

The National Health Profile 2015 report found that 938 861 doctors were registered in India in 2014.1 It also found that government hospitals had one bed for every 1833 people, although this ratio was far worse in some states—Bihar, for example, …

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