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10 things to know about medical tourism in India

Author: Hiền Tăng
Review Date: August 5, 2018 | Last Modified: September 25, 2019
10 things to know about medical tourism in India

India is now one of the most favorite destinations for medical tourism in Asia. What is special about medical tourism in India? Here’s what you would love to know before your medical trip to the country. 

1. Medical tourism in India has a high growth rate of 30% per year

Medical tourism in India grows by an average rate of 30% per year. Also, the education system educates about 20000 to 30000 doctors and nurses each year.

Especially, Kolkata city is one of the medical tourism destinations that are most chosen by international tourists. In 2010, this industry earned 1500 billion Rupees (equal to 340 million USD) from treatment fees of foreign patients.

2. The cost of treatments is just one-fifth of that in America

India is a country that provides treatments with the lowest cost in comparison with other opponent countries in the medical tourism field. Besides high-quality doctors trained in UK and US and the good equipment, many patients choose India for its sightseeing combine with medical tourism.

India attracts lots of medical tourists who need major surgeries. On the other hand, the demand for minor surgeries is much lower. The cost of treatments in India is just one-fifth of that in America. Especially in getting false teeth and diagnosing diseases through image, the cost is one-tenth of America.

3. Healthcare system with international standards

There are 38 hospitals in India that are recognized by Joint Commission International. Quality of healthcare system at top hospitals and medical centers is equal to one in America and UK and surpass other countries in Asia.

The standards for recognition is controlled locally by Healthcare Federation of India, Healthcare Travel Council of India and Department of Health. The recognition for other hospitals and healthcare centers is controlled locally by National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers.

Some hospitals are internationally recognized by United Nations Commission, International Organization for Standardization (ISO), British Standards Institution, or associated with Western or American healthcare centers and insurance companies.

4. Top four hospitals for medical tourism in India.

More than 60% of medical tourists in India receives services from top private hospitals, although there are public and state medical centers that provide services for private patients as well as the populace. Hospitals in India often provide complete services and personal ones from hotel industry with top healthcare services.

Apollo Hospital

The first JCI-accrediated hospital in India is Apollo Hospital, which has developed some international establishment including hospitals in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Punjab and Kolkata. Apollo Group also associates with Johns Hopkins Medicine International Organization.

Fortis Hospital

Fortis Healthcare runs over 10 hospitals in different places in India, including New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. Four Fortis hospital is recognized by JCI, and most of them are modern medical establishments with high quality.

Columbia Asia Hospital

This is a group of healthcare establishments with some hospitals in India and other Asian countries. The top hospital in India is Columbia Asia Referral Hospital in Bangalore recognized by NABH.

Wockhardt Hospital

With a hospital in Bangalore and the other one in Mumbai, Wockhardt hospital is a group of exclusive organizations that associates with Harvard Medical School. Wockhardt also associates with Blue Cross Blue Shield – an American insurance company which provides insurance for American medical tourists.

5. Top popular treatments for medical tourism in India

Hospitals and medical establishments in India provide several procedures and services for medical tourists, including:

  • Orthopedic surgery (hip replacement, knee replacement, etc.)
  • Cardiovascular and lung and heart surgery
  • Aesthetic/Plastic surgery: face, breast, body line
  • Dental services (surgery, teeth whitening, dental transplant, etc.)
  • Cancer/diabetes surgery
  • Cancer
  • Eye/Ophthalmology (LASIK, cataract surgery, Vitreo retina surgery, etc.)
  • Neurosurgery
  • General surgery
  • Bone marrow transplant
  • Kidney and kidney transplant

6. Long-standing traditional medicine

Although modern medicine in the world has developed to a high level, many people and even the ones from developed countries still come to the treatments of Indian traditional medicine to have a complete healthcare.

Ayurveda (traditional medicine of the Hindu) is part of the famous traditional medicine of India. It is a “synthetic method” and becomes a school of medicine that has enough argument and practice. Due to the basic science that is synthesized and incessantly complemented, Ayurveda becomes more and more effective.

The special strength of Indian medicine is the appreciation and effective combination between treatment basis and modern international standard healthcare services with a traditional medicine. The traditional medicine had a brilliant development 5000 years ago. It gradually shows the long-lasting effects on human health, which is suitable for patients’ health condition and finance.

7. Medical tourism needs more support to develop.

To take the chance, many large private hospitals in India such as Fortis, Apollo and Max incessantly improve their facilities and train doctors staff. They provide complete services for different kinds of patients. As soon as patients contact hospitals, the staff will provide them with accommodation and translation service. Other demands such as eating regulation or culture and religion are appreciated.

In spite of the incessant increase in size and turnover, medical tourism in India has to face a lot of challenges. Unlike Thailand, the Indian medical visa is much expensive and require unnecessary documents.

Besides, the lack of close control mechanism of medical tourism creates a gap for the middleman which bothers patients.

8. A destination for patients from war and conflict zones

According to The Diplomat magazine, in the past decade, India becomes one of the most fast-growing destinations of medical tourism in the world. Each year, this South Asian country welcomes about 400000 foreign patients. Half of them come from war and conflict zone like Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, etc.

In the war zone area like Afghanistan, healthcare system is nearly paralyzed. Also, its healthcare facilities do not meet the treatments for patients. It forces the citizens to go to other countries that have medical services with guaranteed quality and reasonable cost, which India can satisfy.

9. Easy medical tourism

Government rejects the limitation of visa toward the ones of a two-month gap between consecutive visits for patients from Persian Gulf countries. The policy is highly potential for improving medical tourism.

There is a program for getting the visa for tourists from some countries that allows foreign citizens to stay in India for 30 days for the purpose of medical reason. In 2016, citizens from Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Maldives, Korea and Nigeria can receive the medical visa.

10. International languages for good communication with foreign tourists

In spite of being a multilingual country, English is the main language. Citizens and medical specialists all widely use English in daily communitation. In Noida, a hot destination for medical tourism, some hospitals hire a translator for patients from Balkan and African countries to make them comfortable as well as create benefits for the treatments.

Using GO.CARE to contact with the best healthcare providers in India for your medical trip.

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