‘Cure With Care’: The Motto Of Indian Medical Tourism

Medical tourism in India has seen exponential growth in the past five years and is all set to become the major earner of foreign exchange shortly. Several reasons have led to the promotion of medical tourism in India.

Patients from abroad are wooed not only by the low-cost factor but also by the exceptional hospitality offered by Indian healthcare centers. In a nutshell, one is not only cured but also cared for and it is this theory of ‘cure with care’ that forms the motto of the medical tourism industry in India.

Indian healthcare facilities are in no way inferior to their foreign competitors in the medical tourism industry like Thailand, Philippines, Singapore, and so on. Canadian Minister of Labour and Citizen’s Services, Michael De Jong, who recently visited a few hospitals in India and was impressed with the facilities on offer, has even acknowledged this.

Indian healthcare centers offer specialized services at less than one-fifth of the cost in developed countries. That is why more and more patients from abroad find it wiser to undergo treatment in other countries like India. Medical tourism in India is soaring upwards and it is estimated that healthcare tourism alone can now rake over 8,000 crore additional revenue by 2012.

Medical tourism in India has been successful in arousing the interests of the Indian government with its promise to bring in more revenue by luring people over the world to travel and cure themselves at the same time. Most Indian healthcare centers make provisions for their foreign patients to travel across India before or after their treatment.

A report by the Confederation of Indian Industry estimates that this year, close to half a million foreign patients will travel to India for treatments as complex and varied as bone marrow and kidney transplants, neurosurgery, joint replacement, and dental implants. Not only those, but these Indian health centers are also highly admired for the wonderful hospitality offered to their foreign patients.

Till the 1980s, government-run hospitals were the primary providers of healthcare in India. The emergence of corporate hospitals has brought a touch of sophistication and modernity to the Indian healthcare industry. These hospitals house equipment imported from countries like the UK, USA, Germany, Japan, and the like.

Complex treatments are now being performed frequently owing to the latest technologies available here. India has established world-class expertise in complex medical practices such as cardiac care, cosmetic surgery, joint replacements, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, and dentistry. Besides, these treatments are offered at only a nominal cost compared to other developed countries like the USA.

Source by Suzanne Macguire

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