How Many Hospitals Are There Worldwide?

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It is difficult to say exactly how many hospitals exist in the world, as hospitals can either close or merge with other hospitals at any time. As of 2014, the countries that have the largest number of hospitals are China, India, Vietnam, Nigeria, Russia, Japan, Egypt, South Korea, Brazil and the United States. As of 2014, China alone has around 69,000 hospitals, according to Maps of the World.

Among the top 10 hospital providers worldwide, China, which ranks number one, has approximately 69,105 health care facilities, as of 2014. In the United States, just over 6,000 hospitals provide medical and emergency services, as of 2014. India has just over 15,000 hospitals while Vietnam and Nigeria follow behind with 12,500 and 11,588 facilities, as of 2014.

One of the most cutting-edge hospital facilities in the world is the Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand. Established in central Bangkok in 1980, the health facility offers such advanced technologies as the Swisslog Automated Drug Management pharmacy system, a PET/CT imaging scanner that identifies cancer in the preliminary stage and an Image Checker that is used for digital mammography exams.

According to Kaiser Health Facts, as of 2014, the U.S. states with the most hospitals include Texas, which has approximately 426 hospitals, California which has 343 hospitals, Florida, which has 210 hospitals, Pennsylvania with almost 200 hospitals, and Illinois, which has 189 hospitals in its health care network.