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Why India Is Becoming The Hub For Medical Tourism

Sneha Santra
Sneha Santra Apr 04 2019 - 3 min read
Why India Is Becoming The Hub For Medical Tourism
The Indian hospitality and healthcare facilities together are responsible for increasing the rate of increase in Medical Tourism in India

India is now being put up on the international map as a heaven for those seeking quality and affordable healthcare. India is a recognized place for treatment cum leisure. Many international patients prefer to combine their leisure and relaxation visit to India with healthcare. The Indian hospitality and healthcare facilities together are responsible for increasing the rate of increase in Medical Tourism in India. While there are many factors which are responsible for the growth of Medical Tourism in India, below are some major reasons why India is becoming is the hub for medical tourism.

Cost-effectiveness

Medical treatment in a developed country is much higher than that in a developing country like India. With 50 million Americans without health insurance and the waiting lists for state-run facilities are increasingly flocking to India because it offers quality treatment at a fifth of the cost abroad. This is one of the primary drivers behind people crossing borders for medical care and making India one of the famous destinations for medical tourism. In India, complicated surgical procedures are being done at 1/10th the cost compared are with the procedures in the developed countries

Modern Technology

Latest medical technology India as a destination of medical treatment is attracting more tourists because of the availability of the latest medical technology. A number of hospitals in India have installed latest machinery for treatment. All medical examination and treatment are conducted using the latest technologically advanced and cutting edge diagnostic equipment

Quality of healthcare

A major factor behind patients repeatedly visiting a particular country such as India for its services, especially in areas that require advanced medical care and life-saving surgeries depends on the availability of skilled doctors/ specialists, paramedical staff and healthcare facilities involved in which ensure the quality standards of services provided. Improving patient safety, medication, infection prevention and control, quality performance improvement and the environment of care is a primary concern for hospitals in India. The doctors are supported by a strong, comprehensive and well trained paramedical force comprising of nurses, technicians, attendants, clinical coordinators and nutritionists.

No Language barrier

All hospitals in India have the staffs who speak fluent English and hence language is not the barrier in India. Some hospitals have hired language translators also for the patients who come from African countries to make them feel comfortable.

Manpower and alternative options

India has a number of hospitals, a large pool of doctors (approx 7, 00,000), nurses & supporting staff with required specialization and expertise. The most popular treatments sought in India by medical tourists are alternative medicine, bone-marrow transplant, cardiac bypass surgery, eye surgery and orthopaedic surgery. India is known in particular for heart surgery, hip resurfacing and other areas of advanced medicine.

However, the country is also famous for an alternative form of treatments. Alternative therapy offers not just treatment but spiritual and mental healing as well. Availability of traditional healthcare therapies India has a history of traditional healthcare treatment options such as Ayurveda, homoeopathy, naturopathy, yoga and Unani which are also contributing towards increasing medical tourism in India.

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