India has seen a sharp increase in the number of medical practitioners and nurses working overseas, but it remains a poor country for international medical patients, according to a new report.
The report, released on Wednesday by the World Health Organization (WHO), says India has the worst performance of all developed countries for international treatment, with about 5,000 doctors and nurses who work overseas, out of a total of 13 million.
“India has one of the lowest levels of foreign medical training and experience in the world,” said the report, which examined the health outcomes of more than 200,000 people who had arrived in India for treatment from December 2015 to February 2016.
While India has had about 3,000 foreign doctors and registered nurses, it is the worst performer for international patients in the OECD, according the report.
The WHO said the overall ranking of countries is skewed by a large number of countries that do not provide international medical training or care, and that India is ranked only fourth for its level of foreign doctor training and access.
The World Health Organisation is one of two major international medical organisations.
The other is the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which works to protect the lives and health of people in countries around the world.
The ICRC is a global non-governmental organisation, but its activities mainly involve promoting humanitarian aid.
The WHO report noted that in 2017-18, the number the WHO identified as having a high level of international medical trainings and training was about 5.8 million, with more than a third of them in developing countries.
India was ranked the second worst of the developed countries in terms of international training and training, with 1.3 million doctors and 476,000 nurses.
It also noted that India has among the lowest number of doctors and medical students in the country, with just 0.9 per cent of its doctors and 2.2 per cent in medical students.