Indian doctors have been working for decades to treat western diseases.
They have become increasingly adept at diagnosing the conditions, but they still suffer from a serious shortage of trained medical personnel, as well as a culture of “not giving a damn” about the health of the people who rely on their work.
As a result, the disease has grown in importance to the Indian medical profession.
A new study published in the American Journal of Medicine indicates that the shortage of healthcare personnel in western countries has left India with one of the worst outcomes for healthcare in the world.
In fact, according to the study, India ranks number four in the global number of healthcare deaths.
But according to Dr. Rakesh K. Bhattacharya, the study’s author, the country’s healthcare problems are more widespread.
“The problem of the healthcare in India is more widespread than in any other developed country in the developed world.
It’s not that healthcare is a private or state-owned enterprise.
It is an international issue,” said Bhattakary.
The study looked at healthcare expenditures by age group, geographic region and socioeconomic status.
“India is one of these countries where the healthcare is really inefficient, and the quality of healthcare is quite low,” Bhattarary said.
“But it’s a different story for the elderly population in the west.”
In India, healthcare spending per capita in 2016 was $7,300, compared to the $7.60 per capita reported in the United States in 2015.
Baskarary noted that India is one in a growing number of developing countries where healthcare spending is growing.
“There are more hospitals in India than there are doctors in the West.
And so they need doctors to help them manage the chronic diseases that are very prevalent in India,” he said.
India spends more per capita on healthcare than the United Kingdom ($8,000), the United Arab Emirates ($8.10) and Brazil ($7,700).
But healthcare spending in India has grown much faster than the global average, growing from $4,000 in 2011 to $10,000 per capita between 2015 and 2016.
“In the past five years, healthcare expenditure per capita has grown by more than 50 percent in India compared to other developed countries.
That is quite remarkable, because that is a relatively low growth rate compared to countries like the United Nations,” Baskary said, noting that India’s healthcare system is “very fragmented.”
Indian healthcare system was not designed to meet healthcare needs The Indian healthcare is “really fragmented” compared to most other countries, said Baskay.
“It’s an absolute nightmare for people with chronic diseases, particularly in rural areas where the only access to healthcare is through private health care facilities,” Bhatkary said of India.
“They have to go to private health facilities, but then they are required to go into the public health system.
This is a problem that many people in India don’t have access to,” he added.
As the population grows, the number of hospitals in the country has grown as well.
In 2014, the Indian government opened two hospitals in Hyderabad and Kolkata.
“When you consider that the number is increasing at such a rapid pace, there’s not enough capacity to meet the demands of people with conditions that require healthcare,” Battakary said in an interview.
The authors also noted that healthcare facilities in India are not designed with the needs of people like the elderly or children.
“This is a challenge because people are living longer, and we’re seeing that the ageing population is growing and increasing the number and complexity of our healthcare infrastructure,” Baddhar said.
As healthcare infrastructure continues to deteriorate, Bhattary said the country needs to focus on creating healthcare systems that are “really flexible.”
“We have to take a more flexible approach, where we have the capacity to manage the needs and the resources of the country,” he explained.
“We need to start thinking about a different approach to healthcare.
There is a lot of money in healthcare, but we need to make sure that it’s distributed fairly and effectively,” Bhejal Bhattasary said during a conversation with NDTV’s Manoj Kumar.
“If we want to ensure the future of healthcare in our country, we have to have an attitude that we’re going to do our best to create a healthy healthcare system.
It needs to be a flexible approach,” he concluded.