The shortage in medical professionals has been attributed to various factors,. A few are: barriers to high quality education, lack of opportunities to train and get trained at a lower cost.
Let’s examine these:
Improper access to learning content – Let’s face it, courses on healthcare and related fields is scarce. If they are available, then you have to pay to access them, and if they are free, they are not mobile friendly.
Training capacity – Even first world countries are struggling to train the growing number of professionals. Educational Institutions are limited to a few locations, and they are exclusive and the student intake is limited.
Cost of education – Above all, healthcare education is crazy expensive.
Looking at the high cost of education, the Association of American Medical Colleges found in 2013 that “The median four-year cost of medical school (including expenses and books) was $243,160 (including private and public schools)”.
The cost of education is high in almost almost all countries. Not just courses from educational institutions, but books are super expensive too.
For all the factors mentioned above, the root cause needs to be addressed.
We believe that the root cause of the problem is – barrier to entry.
Barriers in terms of affordability, scale and access.