Doctor-population ratio stands at 1:1,722

New Delhi, July 27 | Updated: Jul 28 2005, 05:30am hrs
While healthcare as an industry is being termed as a sunrise sector, public health is still a neglected area in both urban and rural areas. The allopathic doctor-population ratio at present stands at 1:1,722, according to the Medical Council of India.

Taking into consideration other streams of Indian medicine systems as well as the practice of homeopathy in India, the doctor-population ratio comes to 128 doctors per lakh of population, according to minister of state for health and family welfare Panabaka Lakshmi.