India has got beautiful monuments, ancient history, sandy beaches and award winning restaurants, but that is not only what is making India a magnet for attracting foreign tourists across the globe. They are also coming to India for Health Care.
Medical tourism, more broadly health and wellness tourism is booming in India because of excellent quality of Healthcare, economical cost vs developed countries, good healthcare infrastructure and of course preferred tourist destination. Medical tourists come to India for health care treatments like Oncology, Cosmetic Surgery, Cardiology, Organ Transplant, surrogacy and IVF and at the same time, visit the local attractions of that country.
India is at second spot after Thailand amongst the Global medical tourism corridors viz. Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Mexico and Costa Rica. It is projected that the volume of medical tourists to grow to $7–8 billion by 2020,
India hosts about 1.27 million tourists from countries such as the US, UK, and Canada in addition to visitors from neighboring countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and China.
Major corporations such as Max, Fortis, Wockhardt, and Apollo Hospitals have made significant investments in setting up modern hospitals and tourism-related services to cater to the new brand of visitors from abroad.
Tourists come to India for economic reasons and market attractiveness. Clearly, there are economic advantages for choosing English-speaking India for certain procedures. For example, a heart bypass procedure costs roughly $140,000 without any insurance in the US. The same procedure, however, costs only around $7,000 or Rs 3 lakh at one of India’s leading surgery centers. Procedures such as hip and knee replacement, face lift, and gastric bypass are far more affordable in India, including the cost of travel and accommodation, compared to the US.
Moreover, these cosmetic procedures are not covered by most insurance providers in Western countries. India has many top-notch centers for open-heart surgery and pediatric heart surgeries which are equipped with the latest equipment that are on par with these Western countries.
India is also acutely aware of the quality perceptions of its visitors; many Indian hospitals that cater to foreign tourists meet the requirements of US health standards like Food and Drug Administration and Joint Commission Accreditation for hospitals, hoping to fight this notion.
India is also home to a number of alternative medicine techniques such as Ayurveda, Sidha, Unani, Yoga, Acupuncture and Homeopathy which are very popular among foreigners. Such treatment opportunities give India the edge over its competitors like Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, and UAE.
With the increasing medical tourism traffic into India, more and more companies have specialized in the area of facilitating medical treatment for tourists and hand-holding them though out the trip.
Companies dealing in Medical tourism offer
- Online portal
- Multiple options from various hospitals
- Help to arrange visa assistance letter from the hospital and the doctor to procure Indian visa.
- Receive the patients from the airport upon their arrival and take them directly to the hospital
- Complete assistance from the medical and travel professionals
- Personalized packages tailored to the requirements of the individual patients
- Pre and post treatments arrangement of accommodation for the patients and family members
- A dedicated team to offer round the clock support for handling all aspects of travel and medical treatment in India
- For the follow up visits of the patients, arrange for post-operative hotel stay near the hospital
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