Lack of doctors? Or only.in the rural areas?
I'm no expert. There are better people to ask, or I could ask for you.
My understanding of it is that we've got enough doctors, in fact there are a surplus of med students who are filtered away to do other things.
The problem is our government is cutting down its budget by loads, so the healthcare fund is affected the most. We can't facilitate any more doctors, as in we don't have the room for any more to work and no more money available to invest in new hospitals. Obviously that is interchangeable with wages which is one of the reasons why we're having lots of strikes at the moment.
It's really bad. If I wanted to go and get my dodgy eye operated on, I'd have to wait 9 months, most probably. It's not worth applying to have the operation in that case, I can move on without it. That's what patients are being told, if it's not completely necessary, you have to wait ages.
I'll ask my brother, though. He's bound to know more as he is soon to enter the profession, as long as he passes his remaining exams in the years at university.