What’s called medical tourism?
Patients going to a different country for either urgent or elective medical procedures : is fast becoming a worldwide, multibillion-dollar industry.
The key ‘selling points’ of the medical tourism industry are its “cost effectiveness” and its combination with the attractions of tourism.
After popularising ‘Yoga’ and ‘Ayurveda massages’ in the west, the country is all set to lure the western traveller with state of the art technology and top – class medical expertise at attractive prices for all the major surgeries. The infrastructure in some of India’s hospitals is at par with those of western developed countries and the cost of surgeries is just one third.
In the recent past, the qualities of medical surgeries being performed in India have gained popularity in the West not only for their expertise but also for the fact that they are cost-effective.
With a large pool of highly trained doctors and low treatment cost, healthcare aims to replicate the Indian software sector’s success.
Medical tourism is actually thousands of years old. In ancient Greece, pilgrims and patients came from all over the Mediterranean to the sanctuary of the healing god, Asklepios, at Epidaurus. In Roman Britain, patients took the waters at a shrine at Bath, a practice that continued for 2,000 years. From the 18th century wealthy Europeans travelled to spas from Germany to the Nile. In the 21st century, relatively low-cost jet travel has taken the industry beyond the wealthy and desperate.
India is considered the leading country promoting medical tourism-and now it is moving into a new area of “medical outsourcing,” where subcontractors provide services to the overburdened medical care systems in western countries.
India’s top-rated education system is not only churning out computer programmers and engineers, but an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 doctors and nurses each year. …
According to the study conducted by the Confederation of Indian Industry and McKinsey consultants, last year some 150,000 foreigners visited India for treatment, with the number rising by 15 per cent a year.
A number of private hospitals also offer packages designed to attract wealthy foreign patients, with airport-to-hospital bed car service, in-room internet access and private chefs. Another trend is to combine surgery in India with a yoga holiday or trip to the world famous Taj Mahal.
Several Medical Packages are available to suit your needs. The medical package suitable for a patient depends on past treatment and current condition, based on which the most appropriate treatment will be made available.Such as:
- Eye Care
- Dental Care
- IVF Treatment
- Heart Care
- Heart Surgery
- Health Check Up
- Cosmetic Treatment
- Orthopaedic Surgery
India offers world-class healthcare that costs substantially less than those in developed countries, using the same technology delivered by competent Specialists attaining similar success rates.
Mentions below are some hospitals that are highly known for their respective specialties:
- Apollo Hospital
- B.M.Birla Heart Research Centre
- Christian Medical College
- Tata Memorial Hospital
- Apollo Cancer Hospital
- Indraprastha Medical Corporation
- Institute Cardiovascular Diseases
- Lifeline dental clinic
- Escort Hospital.