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Our healthcare sector requires an urgent overhaul

india Updated: Mar 07, 2010 22:29 IST
Bal Govind

The editorial A bitter pill to swallow (Our Take, March 5) correctly pointed out that education, infrastructure and healthcare are critical sectors for our country’s economic growth. However, our healthcare sector is far from being perfect and needs an urgent overhaul. It was astounding to learn that there is only one doctor for every 2,800 people in the country. Sadly, it is true that qualified doctors today don’t want to work in rural areas, as there is almost no financial motivation for them to work there. The lack of healthcare professionals could be addressed by increasing the number of seats in medical colleges and by announcing tax incentives for doctors who are willing to serve in rural India.