Current Affairs


  • A survey of 23,000 households across 100 villages in rural Madhya Pradesh has found that while the number of private health care providers has increased, many of them had no formal medical training.
  • On average, people had access to 11 health-care providers in a village.
  • 71% of these providers were in the private sector but only 51 % of them had any formal medical training.
  • Despite the availability of state primary care centres and the competence of doctors in this sector, doctors in the public sector spent on an average only 2.1 hours a day seeing patients as fewer patients approached them.
  • Doctors with formal training were more competent as they exhibited higher correct diagnosis and correct treatment rates than health-care providers trained in alternative medicine and those without any training whatsoever.
  • A study found that socio-economic status of a village and not household determines the quality of care people receive.