Thrissur: Kerala will soon become a land of doctors. In a span of 10 years, the number of doctors in the state will be one doctor for 200 people. The 28 medical colleges in the state now produce doctors every year at the ratio of one doctor to 500 people. The increase in the number of new doctors in the state was identified in a year-long study conducted by Indian Medical Association (IMA).
People might ask if the rising number of doctors is a boon for people or the state. But it is tantamount to asking if the reserve bank print more currencies to overcome the financial crisis in the country.
It is observed that the rising number of doctors would create unhealthy practices in medical industry. This would create competition between doctors for their existence in the profession. This tendency is already identified in Kerala.
Currently, Kerala has 70,000 doctors. Every year, nearly 3000 new candidates gain MBBS degree. Out of the total number of doctors who pass out from medical colleges in India, 40 percent is from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra and Karnataka.
According to statistics, 2000 people in India have one doctor. In Haryana the ratio is 6000:1 and in Jharkhand it is 8000:1.
At global level, Cuba stands first in this ratio. They have one doctor for a total of 170 people. Countries like Monaco, St Lucia, Belarus, Greece, Russia and Italy has the ratio of one doctor to 200 people.
However, the IMA Kerala state secretary Dr N Sulphi said this tendency would create dangerous situation in a small state like Kerala. Competition among doctors will increase for more patients which would ultimately lead to the violations of guidelines in medical industry.