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Tatev Khachatryan

Armenia's Poor Per Capita Physician Ranking: Some Provinces Lack Specialists

There are 42 doctors per 10,000 citizens in Armenia, placing Armenia in 40th place in a 2015 World Health Organization study of 53 countries.

World Health Organization last published 2015 According to the data, in the list of 53 countries Armenia is in the 40th place in terms of medical insurance. Armenia is followed by Uzbekistan, Romania, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Albania.

Azerbaijan ranks 20th, Georgia 5th, Russia 25th.

Most of the doctors in Armenia are concentrated in Yerevan and some provinces have no specialists in any number of medical fields.

In the entire country, there are no more than ten specialists in the following fields (burns, bacteriologist, dietician, forensic psychiatrist, pediatric psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, manual therapist), and most are located in Yerevan.

Today, social networking sites often feature user posts that offer weight loss programs, "fitness advice", prescribe and sell dietary supplements, and advertise coaches who, in addition to training, draft and sell diets.

In Armenia today there are only three dietitians and one sports physician who are authorized to prescribe any dietary plans. Moreover, Yerevan Medical University does not train nutritionists.

 According to the latest 2015-2017 data, specialist physicians are few and far between in Armenia:  42 doctors per a population of 10,000. Moreover, there are provinces where there are no specialists at all. Almost all of the most specialized  physicians work in Yerevan.

Yerevan leads the country when it comes to the number of physicians per 10,000 at 85.

The provinces with the highest per capita number of doctors are Lori, Shirak and Vayots Dzor. Gegharkunik, Armavir and Ararat are at the bottom of the list.

Overall, the total number of doctors in Armenia decreased by 2.7% between 2012-2017.

Both in Yerevan and in the provinces, there is a declining rate of specialists.

The number of medical school graduates has also decreased by 12.7% during this period.

7,085 doctors-specialists were trained in public and private universities of Armenia between 2012 and 2017. 43% graduated from private universities.

 3,236 people received dentistry degrees in Armenia in 2012-2017. In 2012, 62% of graduates were from private universities.

A recent Hetq study showed that every 68th resident of Armenia has some form of a malignant neoplasm. At the same time, there are 52 oncologists in Armenia, 31 of whom are in Yerevan. In some provinces, such as Syunik and Vayots Dzor, there are no oncologists at all.

Some medical sectors have only two to ten specialists,  and the vast majority of them work in Yerevan.

Such specialists include burn surgeons, forensic psychiatrists, forensic experts, geneticists, toxicologists, clinical psychologists, children's psychiatrists, dieticians, homeopaths, as well as a number of pediatricians.

According to the latest data for 2017, there is one sports doctor, one bio-therapist and one laboratory-hematologist in Armenia.

The medical sectors that dominate, having more than 200 specialists each, are obstetrics-gynecology pediatrics, cardiology and sonography.

70% of these specialists work in Yerevan.


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