IIHMR University shares its insights on the rising need of healthcare professionals in the country
With lifestyle diseases taking a toll on the healthcare spending and the rise in the need of skilled healthcare professionals, the Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR University) on account of The World Cancer Day shared its insights on the rising need of healthcare professionals in the country.
According to Col. (Dr.) Ashok Kaushik, Dean Academics, The IIHMR University said, “Over the years there is a drastic increase in lifestyle diseases and amongst the most dreaded one is Cancer. Though there has been advancement in cancer care programme and an improvement in technology, there is still lack of accessibility, affordability, awareness and late detection in case of Cancer. Tobacco related cancers for males are estimated to go up to 225,241 and 93,563 for females in the year 2020. Breast cancer cases estimated in India till 2020 will be approximately 1.23 lakhs and the total number of people who will be affected by Cancer will be over 7 crore by 2021 in India alone (as according to EY report on Call for Action: Expanding Cancer Care in India). The mortality rates in India are 4 to 6 times higher as opposed to US with baseline cost of the treatment to be about Rs. 3-4 lacs which is at times higher than the annual income of over 80-85% households.”
In India there is a dire need of healthcare professionals. India currently has a Doctor to Patient Ratio of about 1 in 2000 and aims to achieve a figure of 1 in 1000. India will need about 450-550 dedicated Cancer Centers by 2020. Currently India has over 1250 Oncologists currently and will need over 5000 Oncologists by 2020. This states that the total number of healthcare professionals needed including the Oncologists will be over 8000 by the year 2020. There is also a need to create awareness about Cancer at an early stage which is why we need to create awareness programmes that should highlight the routine check-ups for people especially women to avoid being detected with last stage cancer.
According to EY Report, lack of adequate infrastructure and absence of mass screening programmes are key barriers to timely and accurate diagnosis in India. There are an estimated 2,700 mammograms installed in India, which represents less than 5% of that in the US. There are an estimated 120 PET-CT scanners installed in India, the majority of which are in metropolitan cities. Only 30% of the cancer centers in India have advanced imaging technologies such as PET-CT. PET-CT scanners are essential for accurate diagnosis, staging and response monitoring of cancer and are therefore critical to providing comprehensive cancer care. India has only 200-250 comprehensive cancer care centers (0.2 per million population in India vs 4.4 per million population in US), 40% of which are present in eight metropolitan cities and fewer than 15% are government operated. In addition, there is a significant shortage of oncologists in India. India has only one oncologist per 1,600 new cancer patients in India. With all the above requirements we would like to say that India still needs skilled healthcare workforce which is the need of the day.
The IIHMR University is a WHO Collaborating Center in the state of Rajasthan. The IIHMR University is a health research institute and offers MBA programmes under three schools of management. Under the School of Hospital and Health Management it provides MBA in Hospital and Health with 5 specializations (Hospital Management, Health Management, Human Resource Management, health Economics, Finance and Insurance and Procurement and Supply Chain Management). Under the School of Rural Management it offers MBA Rural Management and Under the School of Pharmaceutical Management it offers MBA Pharmaceutical Management. The IIHMR University is confident that its alumni will strive to change the situation given in the above paragraphs.