Medical Tourism India
(a.k.a. Health Tourism India) is a developing concept whereby
people from world over visit India for their medical and relaxation
needs. Most common treatments are heart surgery, knee transplant,
cosmetic surgery and dental care. The reason India is a favourable
destination is because of it's infrastructure and technology in which is
in par with those in USA, UK and Europe. India has some of the best
hospitals and treatment centers in the world with the best facilities.
Since it is also one of the most favourable tourist destinations in the
world, Medication combines with tourism has come into effect, from which
the concept of Medical Tourism is derived.
Financial Times (2/7/03)
India is promoting the "high-tech
healing" of its private healthcare sector as a tourist attraction.
The government hopes to encourage a budding trade in medical
tourism, selling foreigners the idea of travelling to India for
low-cost but world-class medical treatment.
Naresh Trehan, executive director of Escorts Heart Institute and
Research Centre, a leading private healthcare provider, says India
has established world-class expertise in practices such as cardiac
care, cosmetic surgery, joint replacements and dentistry.
Merging medical expertise and tourism became government policy when
finance minister Jaswant Singh, in this year's budget, called for
India to become a "global health destination".
For example, in April Madras Medical Mission, a Chennai-based
hospital, successfully conducted a complex heart operation on an
87-year-old American patient at a reported cost of $8,000 (€7,000,
£4,850) including the cost of his airfare and a month's stay in
hospital. The patient claimed that a less complex operation in
America had earlier cost him $40,000.
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As health care costs skyrocket, patients in the developed world are
looking overseas for medical treatment. India is capitalizing on its low
costs and highly trained doctors to appeal to these "medical tourists."
Even with airfare, the cost of going to India for surgery can be
markedly cheaper, and the quality of services is often better than that
found in the United States and UK. Indeed, many patients are pleased at
the prospect of combining their tummy tucks with a trip to the Taj
Mahal. - YaleGlobal
Many countries have developed links for
speedy treatments in India for their nationals on account of the fact
that in these countries one has to wait for extended periods of time to
In India, medical
treatment is not only fast but also costs a fraction of what it costs in
USA or Europe. Even tele-consultancy is available for expert opinion and
transmission facilities. Some of the states have already established
themselves as destinations for health care and medical tourism. The
growing need is for high level specialised treatments like
transplantation of vital organs, cancer treatment, neuro-surgery,
cardiac surgery and many more.