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What are the reasons of Increasing Medical Tourism in India?

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Medical Tourism has now been a thriving industry and tourists from around the world cross borders in search of the right medical treatments. So let’s understand what is meant by Medical Tourism? Medical tourism in India refers to patients from other countries traveling to India for their medical treatments. Interestingly India is among the best destinations in Asia – alongside Thailand and Singapore to offer the least expensive clinical medicines.


Medical Tourism Structure in India


– Wellness Tourism (Spa, stress relief, and rejuvenation centers)

– Alternative systems of Medicine (Ayurvedic treatments for diseases e.g. Arthritis)

– Cosmetic Surgery (Dental care, plastic surgery, skin treatments, etc)

– Advanced and life-saving healthcare (Kidney replacement, Cancer treatments, etc)


Reasons for Increasing Medical Tourism in India


Cost-effective treatments 


The cost of treatment in India is one-tenth the cost of the same treatment in the US or UK. So with the condition of medical services innovations in India patients can expect quality medical care and help for their condition. According to the Researches it has been assessed that patients who take their medications in India can save up to 50 % than those who have traveled to a western country for a similar treatment. All the expenses like:


– The Surgery charges

– The hospital stay

– Doctor’s consultation fees

– And traveling expenses everything is affordable in India


Modern Technology 


India being a developing country has been updated with the latest healthcare systems and technologies to treat patients. And the good news is almost all the government and private hospitals in major cities have the latest technological pieces of equipment to treat their patients. Some of the latest medical technological innovations by India are:


– Cellular therapy

– Innovative vaccines

– Telehealth

– Diabetic surgeries

– Cancer Immunotherapy


Apart from this much more technological advancement is done by India when it comes to medical treatments.


Traditional Healthcare therapies 


Traditional healthcare therapies are deeply rooted in Indian culture and hence make India as of the most important medical tourism hubs. Foreigners prefer to adopt these therapies after surgeries for better and faster recovery. India is home to many different healthcare therapies like:


– Acupuncture

– Ayurveda

– Homeopathy

– Naturopathy

– Chinese or Oriental medicine


So, as Indian citizens, we should feel blessed that we are already in safe hands as far as our health is concerned.


Getting Medical Visa is quite simple and easy 


The introduction of the moderately new “M” visa in India makes getting visas for medical purposes much simple and easy than ever. Priority is given to those patients with critical medical conditions, permanent disabilities, or even death. In some developing countries like Bangladesh, Kenya, and Ghana the procedure for getting a medical visa is complicated but the government of India has made the procedure simpler to ensure that people who need critical, life-saving treatments should get their visas promptly.


Top Multispecialty Hospitals with world-class services


India despite being a developing country is home to modern hospitals and healthcare centers. So from traditional healthcare therapies (as discussed above) to modern and innovative ways of treatments India has it all. All these hospitals provide 24/7 access to excellent services to patients. The absolute best multi-specialty hospitals in India for the best treatments are as below:


– AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences), New Delhi

– PGIMER (Post graduation Institute of Medical schooling and Research) Chandigarh

– Christian Medical school, Vellore

– Apollo Hospital, Chennai

– Medanta-The Medicity, Gurgaon


So as long as India manages to continue with its impressive investment in the future of healthcare the future looks bright indeed


Prime traveling opportunity for travelers


Coming to India for medical treatments can be a prime opportunity for tourists the exotic destinations as India offers great sightseeing opportunities otherwise they might not get a chance to explore India and experience Indian culture. Many people relish and jump on the opportunity to know more about how people live in the other parts of the world and hence this can turn out to be the best part of Medical Tourism.





Hence, from the entire article, I can say that Medical tourism in India is in a beneficial position and all set to tap the global market. But now the role of the government is crucial as they need to take necessary steps to invest thoroughly in the health sector, and government should also build and promote the image of India as a high-quality medical tourism destination


Author Bio

Mr Viral Kotecha received the M.Pharm degree in the year 2012 from Manipal University. As a pharmacist he strives to give comfort and care to his patients. He is a very well seasoned team player who keeps patients’ wellness on first priority and goes above and beyond by giving Pharmacological information to multidisciplinary health care teams. His experience of Working with Team Mediflam has helped him to easily navigate the Medical Sector. And he is now looking forward to planning and fulfilling the long-term and short-term goals at Mediflam.