December 25, 2011

India doesn't have even 1 hospital bed per 1,000 persons

Need admission in a hospital? Chances are that you might not get a bed, however unwell you are. Here is an example - the waiting time for a private ward under the neuro-surgery department at India's premiere All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is around four to six months.

However, if a patient needs to be admitted in the general bed for the same surgery, the waiting time is more than a year. And this, the Planning Commission says is because of India's acute shortage of hospital beds. The Commission's high level expert group (HLEG) on health says that when it comes to secondary and tertiary care, India lags behind most other countries in the number of hospital beds per 1,000 population, despite having a higher absolute number of hospital beds than other countries.

The World Health Statistics say that India ranks among the lowest in this regard globally, with 0.9 beds per 1,000 population - far below the global average of 2.9 beds. India's National Health Profile 2010 says India has a current public sector availability of one bed per 2012 persons available in 12,760 government hospitals - around 0.5 beds per 1,000 population.

Sri Lanka on the other hand has 3.1 beds per 1,000 population, China 3 beds, Thailand 2.2, Brazil 2.4, USA 3.1 and UK 3.9 beds per 1,000 population. Shakti Gupta, HOD of hospital administration at AIIMS said: "It was recommended in 1948 by Bhore Committee that there should be one bed per 1,000 population. However it's been 63 years since and we still haven't been able to reach that target. At present, India has around 0.7 beds per 1,000 population." Gupta added

The concept is that patients should be investigated on day care basis and if found fit for surgery should be admitted.

The average stay of a patient should be three to four days. Earlier, we would admit a patient, waste 7-10 days on diagnosing the problem and then take him for surgery."

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2 comments:

JK said...

This is from statistics. But, there are aspects which statistics don't cover - like doctors not being present in hospitals, hospitals with inadequate infrastructure etc. Once you consider aspects such as these, the picture becomes more grim...

JK said...

This is from statistics. But, there are aspects which statistics don't cover - like doctors not being present in hospitals, hospitals with inadequate infrastructure etc. Once you consider aspects such as these, the picture becomes more grim...

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