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Submitted by Mohibul I Priyo on

Your hypothesis about utilization rate in South Asia matches ("Doctors and hospitals in these countries treat far more patients than one would expect") with my experience in researching healthcare service delivery in Bangladesh (which seems to be similar in this regard to Pak and India).

I found that patients visiting state hospitals wait for 2-6 hours in line to get 1-3 minutes of attention from state doctors, who end up viewing 200 patients approximately in a 4 hour stretch.

While this system is cheap and provides basic care to large volume of rural poor, complicated cases are not not given the care needed.