According to Shashi Gogia, president of the non-profit Society for Administration of Telemedicine and Health Care Informatics (SATHI), India’s healthcare vacuum in rural areas has even aggravated since 2005, 17 years from now.

The unfulfilled rate of doctors at primary medical institutions in India rose from 17.5 percent to 21.8 percent. The situation is even more serious in special care. The unfulfilled rate of medical specialists at provincial medical institutions jumped from 47.7 percent in 2005 to 68.0 percent 17 years later.