Best hospitals in India

  • There are about 840 hospitals in India, which are accredited by NABH
  • There are 30 JCI, the gold standard in healthcare, accredited hospitals in India
  • About 74% of the total doctors in India are in the main cities
  • Private sector accounts for around 70% of the total hospitals in India
  • The hospital industry size in India is poised to reach 132 billion USD by 2022

Best hospitals in India

This article is written by Dr Padmakumar on 25 Feb 2020

India is among the largest countries in the world by area and population. Healthcare is one of the main sectors in India, with a market size of 117 billion USD in 2017. India has more than 200,000 hospitals and about 1,200,000 registered doctors. 

India is one of the best destinations for medical travel. The main reasons are 

  1. Low cost of treatment
  2. A large number of skilled doctors 
  3. Hospitals with the best facilities 


It is not easy to select the right hospital in India for your treatment. It depends on your needs, budget, and location preference.

However, there are a few pointers that can help you decide on the right hospital. These are 

  1. The reputation of the hospital: Check online or with people you know in India about the hospital
  2. Certifications: Look for hospitals with accreditations like JCI or NABH. It will ensure a certain level of process and service levels.
  3. Location: Connectivity is an essential factor. You do not want to spend time on airports waiting for connecting flights. Most of the cities in India have direct flights from many of the world cities.
  4. Facilities: You can find these on the hospital website. You should ask for it if you don't see it there.
  5. Skill level of doctors: Always ensure that you ask for the profiles of the treating doctors. 
  6. Quality of the treatment plan: Make sure that the treatment plan mentions the estimated cost, time, and details about the treatment.
  7. Your interaction with the doctors: Wherever possible, it is a good idea to the doctor before you decide.


Once you have identified the hospital, the next step is to fix the date and time for the treatment. If you are a foreigner traveling to India, for medical treatment, you will need a medical visa. You can get a visa assistance letter from the hospital for this. You also need to plan for your accommodation and airport pickup. 

List of the Best hospitals in India:

India is home to many reputed hospitals. Some of them are 

  • AIIMS: All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi is among the top hospitals in India. It is a public sector hospital with around 1700 beds with treatments across all specialties. The hospital has some of the best doctors in India and research institutes. AIIMS is one of the most revered medical colleges in India.
  • CMC: Christian Medical College (CMC), is in Vellore city in Tamilnadu state. It is a not for profit hospital and medical college run by Christian missionaries. With around 3000 beds, it is one of the largest hospitals in India.
  • Tata Memorial Hospital: It is a public hospital for cancer care in Mumbai. It is one of the very best cancer hospitals in India. Around 70% of the treatments done here are almost free of charge. 
  • Apollo Hospitals: It is the largest private hospital group in India. The group has hospitals in all major Indian cities. 
  • Fortis Hospitals: Fortis is another big private hospital group in India. The group includes Fortis Escorts heart institute, which is among the best heart hospitals in India.
  • Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital: KDAH is a private hospital in Mumbai. It is part of the Reliance group, one of the largest business houses in India.
  • NIMHANS: National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) is a public hospital in Bangalore. It is one of the best hospitals for mental health and neurosciences.  


In addition to these hospitals mentioned above, there are a few highly reputed Ayurveda hospitals.

  • Arya Vaidya Sala: Arya Vaidya Sala, in Kerala, is a famous hospital with around 200 beds. The hospital, set up in 1902, offers Kerala Ayurveda treatment.
  • Vaidyaratnam Nursing Home: It is located in Thrissur, Kerala, and is one of the most reputed Ayurveda hospitals.

Standard of hospitals in India:

Healthcare is a state subject in India, which means that the controls and processes can differ from state to state. So, the standards may vary across state. However, most of the best hospitals in India have accreditation by JCI or NABH. JCI is the gold standard in global healthcare. NABH is an Indian standard which is on par with JCI.

As of March 2020, there are 30 JCI accredited hospitals and 740 NABH certified hospitals in India.

Healthcare locations in India 

Most of the best hospitals in India are in the main cities. The main locations are

  1. New Delhi: New Delhi, which is in North India, is the capital of the country. The city has direct flights from most of the major world cities. Many of high ranking hospitals in India are here. 
  2. Mumbai: It is the capital of Maharashtra state in West India. Mumbai is known as the financial capital of India. The city is home to many renowned hospitals.
  3. Chennai: This city in south India is the favorite stop for patients from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. 
  4. Bangalore: Pleasant weather and the presence of many good hospitals make Bangalore a popular choice.
  5. Kerala: This state in south India is a major tourist spot. It is also the only place in India where the ancient Ayurveda tradition is still not broken. You can find many good hospitals in this state.  

This article is written by Dr Padmakumar on 25 Feb 2020

Dr Padmakumar
Dr Padmakumar
BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery)
Dr Padmakumar is a practising dentist with more than 18 years of experience. His core areas of interest are cosmetic dentistry and endodontics

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