Number of government hospital beds in urban India 2017-2018 by state

Urban West Bengal had over 58 thousand government hospital beds in 2018, making it the highest provider of public healthcare among other urban parts of India. In comparison, the north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh had 268 hospital beds in its urban areas that year. As per the most recent census data from 2011, India had just about 0.7 hospital beds for every 1,000 Indians.

Urban-rural divide

There were a higher number of public hospitals in rural India compared to urban parts of the country, with over 21 thousand and about four thousand respectively in 2018. Rural healthcare infrastructure was divided into three tiers in the country - sub-centres, primary health centres and community health centres.

Public healthcare discrepancies

Rural India had over 265 thousand hospital beds in the same time duration. Despite the higher volume of beds, rural areas faced a shortage of qualified healthcare professionals, with an average of just one doctor for every primary health care centre. These factors have made public healthcare a big concern in both urban as well as rural areas in the country.

Number of beds in government hospitals across urban India between 2017 and 2018, by state

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Release date

September 2019



Survey time period

2017 and 2018

Supplementary notes

Note: Provisional data for some states and union territories.

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