Minister of State for Health has informed the Lok Sabha said that India has less than one doctor for every 1000 population which is less than the WHO standard. As per the MCI, there were a total 10,22,859 allopathic doctors registered with the medical councils as on March 31 this year. Assuming 80% availability, it is estimated that around 8.18 lakh doctors may actually be available for active service. It gives a doctor-population ratio of 0.62:1000 as per current population which is estimated to be of around 1.33 billion which is way lower than the WHO standard of 1:1000. Even countries like China and Pakistan have better doctor ratios. The minister said emphasis of the government was to increase the number of doctors in the country to improve the doctor population ratio.