Bhutanese health care development accelerated in the early 1960s opening of new hospitals and dispensaries throughout the country.
As of 2011, there were 31 hospitals and 184 BHUs across Bhutan. Most district have at least one hospital, indigenous hospital facility available in Thimphu.
Today Bhutan has achieved 90 percent health coverage and 96.1 percent access to safe drinking water. With total no of doctors taking to 181 the ratio between doctor and patients stands at 3 to 10,000.
Tobacco sale and consumption is actively discouraged by the government of Bhutan. The banning of sale of tobacco, high taxes imports, and placing restrictions on quantities of individuals bringing into the country has given Bhutan a new exemplary paradigm of success.
Bhutan also discourage alcohol consumption because of its effects on health and happiness. With the passing of 2011 Alcohol Control Regulation, the government imposed up to three times the previous taxes on alcohol.
The Royal Government has maintained a system of Universal health care for all of its citizens providing free health care. Patients that cannot be treated in Bhutan are taken to hospitals in India, and their treatment is paid for by the government of Bhutan.
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