Updated: Mar 15, 2022
Travelling across international borders to receive medical treatment, is called Medical Tourism.
This treatment spans the full range of medical services, like dental care, cosmetic surgery, elective surgery, fertility treatment, organ transplants, cancer care, cardiac surgeries, orthopaedics, and Bariatric surgery etc.
The consumption of health care in a foreign land is not a new phenomenon, but Individuals have travelled abroad for health benefits since ancient times. Wealthy people from less developed areas of the world travelled to developed nations to access better facilities and highly trained medics. The global growth in the flow of patients and health professionals as well as medical technology, capital funding and regulatory regimes across national borders has given rise to new patterns of consumption and production of healthcare services over recent decades.
The key features of medical tourism to India are listed below:-
Highly qualified and experienced doctors and medical staff
Lower Cost Treatment (It doesn’t mean lower quality of care)
World class services and quality care
Surgeries done almost immediately (No waiting period for surgeries)
New enabling infrastructure and cutting-edge medical equipment and appliances
Getting Medical visa is very easy
Cost effective accommodation and travel expenses
Availability of different language experts
Industry development: both the private business sector and national governments have been instrumental in promoting medical tourism as a potentially lucrative source of foreign revenue.
Medical tourism in India is growing on such a huge scale that it is projected to touch around $8-$9 billion in near future. According to the field experts and reports India provides one of the lowest cost and highest qualities of care in the world. This is one of the best returns one can get for their money in the medical tourism industry. The reasonable cost and quality of care drives people to India to get life-altering or life-saving treatments, procedures, or surgeries performed. Many people can get treatment in India that could not be affordable in their home country.