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India has a serious shortfall of specialist doctors. In an attempt to fix this, the government dissolved the medical education regulator, MCI. Now, it has eased regulations to encourage the training of specialists and increase the total medical seats from about 40,000 to 50,000.
The Indian Medical Association, however, wants the government to just build hospitals and stay out of regulation.
Indian patients and hospitals need at least five times more specialist doctors than currently available. However, the government’s silver bullet leaves a lot to be desired. Our story says why.
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