Kolkata: A Medical Tourism Destination in Eastern India

Part of the Global Perspectives on Health Geography book series (GPHG)


The role of Kolkata as a medical tourism destination is significant among price-sensitive patients from lower and middle-income countries including Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Pakistan and Nigeria. These countries form major segment of the Indian medical tourism demand. In spite of having a golden history of medical science, the medical infrastructure of Kolkata had lost its glory due to the political turmoil of the 1970s. However, with the advent of major corporate hospitals and huge investments, the healthcare scenario of the city has changed recently. At present Kolkata is capable of providing easily accessible medical facilities at affordable prices, which attracts a huge inflow of domestic as well as foreign patients from the neighbour countries of Bangladesh, Myanmar, Bhutan, Nepal, etc.


Medical tourism in Kolkata Medical tourism destination Eastern India Health infrastructure History Estimates Emergence of super specialty hospital in Kolkata 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anu Rai
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  1. 1.Department of Geography, School of ScienceAdamas UniversityKolkataIndia

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