India is emerging as a leading healthcare provider in Asia. World class healthcare centers like Artemis Hospital, Apollo Hospitals, Fortis Healthcare, etc., are hot spots for medical tourism in India. This is largely due to the country’s ability to provide world-class healthcare expertise in developing world costs. High-class medical facilities, along with easy access to visa facilities and cheaper airfares are some of the factors that have contributed to making India’s medical tourism grow sector at a fast pace.
Medical tourism refers to the trend of people traveling to other countries to get medical treatment. Most medical tourists club sight-seeing and other routine things are usually done by regular tourists. Majority of patients from the African continent and visitors from the Middle East and CIS countries prefer to get treatment from India since it is also recommended by their governments.Advertisement
According to Dr Giriraj Bora, an organ transplant specialist at Artemis Hospital Gurgaon, the majority of medical tourists seek treatment in India either for getting organ transplants or to seek treatment for medical conditions that have not been diagnosed accurately in their country of origin. Inadequate facilities and lack of expertise to treat severe conditions in their own countries also drive people to seek treatment in India.
The greatest selling point for India’s growing medical tourism industry is the low cost of treatment as compared to the other countries who offer medical care of the same standard. Leading healthcare centers like Artemis Hospital to offer a wide range of high-end medical services such as laparoscopic and bariatric surgeries, neurological treatment, nephrology and dialysis, Oro Maxillofacial surgery and dentistry, cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries and gastroenterology.Advertisement
Speaking of the low-cost treatment offered by healthcare centers in India, cardiothoracic and vascular surgery expert at Artemis Hospital, Dr Akhil Govil said, “Around 95 percent of people who travel to Asia for medical treatment end up in India because it’s cost-effective. A heart transplant that would cost about $100,000 in New York, can be done only for $7,200 in Delhi. People know that by choosing India, they are going to save almost 80% of the American expenditure.”
Other factors also play an important role in drawing medical tourists towards India. There is no waiting period for getting medical treatment in India since the country has a large pool of expert medics, treating all sorts of ailments. All these reasons make India the most favorable destination for medical tourism.