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Most doctors in urban India are not MBBS: Study

Most doctors in urban India are not MBBS: Study

In a shocking representation of the lack of essential healthcare, the largest chunk ofdoctors in the country do not hold the MBBSdegree (bachelor of medicine, bachelor of surgery) — a basic prerequisite to practice modern medicine (allopathy). Instead, they have degrees of alternative medicine like ayurveda orhomeopathy, but they may still be prescribing a significant portion of allopathic medicines.

Data culled from the physician census by market research firm, IMS Health says that the non-MBBS general physicians (GPs) charge the lowest — possibly because of their low qualification, experts point out, while the super-specialists like the oncologists and neurologists occupy the top rung, in terms of consulting fees.

The physician census, covering 120 cities (metro and non-metro) across the country with nearly four lakh doctors, confirms the huge dearth of quality healthcare professionals, and worse, this situation is not illustrative of rural areas at all.