Mexico has 2.5 doctors per thousand inhabitants: OECD –

Mexico. – This Sunday, the world comes together to commemorate World Health Day under the slogan “My health, my right”, an initiative promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO) with the aim of emphasizing universal access to health services as a fundamental right for all citizens of the planet. In the midst of this celebration, the shortage of health professionals emerges as a critical challenge in numerous countries, including most European nations. According to data provided by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the availability of doctors varies significantly across different regions. Spain, for example, has a ratio of 4.5 doctors per thousand inhabitants, while Norway and Austria slightly exceed this figure with 5.2 and 5.5 doctors respectively. On the other hand, countries such as France and the United Kingdom show a lower density of doctors, with 3.4 and 3.2 per thousand inhabitants, respectively. In the Americas, the United States has a rate of 2.7 doctors per thousand inhabitants, while Mexico has 2.5, a figure slightly higher than that of Brazil, which reaches 2.1 doctors per thousand people. Finally, in India, the situation is even more worrying, with less than one doctor available per thousand inhabitants. In the context of World Health Day, these disparities in the distribution of medical professionals raise questions about equity in access to health care globally, underscoring the urgency of addressing the structural challenges that limit the availability of health services for all citizens.

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