To cut down the shortage of Doctors in the country, the government has increased MBBS Seats by more than 26% over the last two years, taking the total number of MBBS Seats to around 75000. Apart from this, about 8900 medical seats have been added to PG medical courses to maintain the number of specialists.
As informed by the health minister, Harsh Vardhan in Lok Sabha on Friday, in the year 2017-2018 and 2018-2019, a total of 5250 MBBS Seats were added, whereas 10,565 more than double of what was added in the last two years- have been added in the year 2019-20 so far.
Adding further, over 4,800 MBBS Seats have been reserved for students who are coming from economically
As of March 2019, there is about 11.60 lakh registered Allopathy doctors in the country, resulting in a doctor-population ratio of 1:1456 as per the current population which is around 1.35 billion.
The union health minister also informed the audience that 82 new colleges are being established by upgrading district or referral hospitals preferably in under-served districts.