India is one of the fastest growing medical tourism destinations in the world. The high-skilled specialists in the country, combined with the lowest medical costs and world-class healthcare services are what make India a sought-after destination for healthcare serviceability
Patients who travel abroad for medical treatment do so for a variety of reasons. Patients from developing countries look for treatment in India not available in their own countries. Thus the medical tourism in India is seeing the arrival of patients from our neighbouring countries. Also, those who come from the western side of the world look for treatments that cost five to 10 times in their own country and rush to India to avoid the huge waiting period for many routine procedures.
The cost differential is huge: Open-heart surgery costs up to approx $70,000 in Britain and $150,000 in the US; in India’s best hospitals it could cost between $3,000 and $10,000. Knee surgery costs Rs. 3.5 lakh ($7,700) in India; in Britain it costs $16,950. Most of the hospitals and healthcare firms who promote medical tourism in India, provides a package deal or assistance that includes flights, hotels, treatment and, often, a post-operative vacation.
Patients planning to travel to India for medical treatment would also be interested about the quality of service and treatment the hospitals provide. JCI (Joint Commission International) and NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers) are two globally recognised healthcare quality standards and India has more than 30 JCI accredited hospitals and around 425 NABH accredited hospitals.
The government of India is also making many policies to promote Medical tourism. It has already relaxed some visa norms on India tourist visa that require a two-month gap between repeated visits for the citizens of Gulf countries which is a huge step to improve medical tourism in India. A visa-on-arrival proposal or E-visa for tourists from chosen nations which permits foreign nationals to visit India for 30 days medical reasons has also spiked up the market of medical tourism in India. Hospitals and healthcare firms also arrange Interpreters or translators for patients from abroad to make them feel comfortable & easy while communicating.
The most sought medical treatments in India by foreign patients are bone-marrow transplant, alternative medicine, knee transplant, cosmetic surgery, eye surgery, hip transplant, cardiac bypass, dental care, and. India is famous for heart surgery, hip resurfacing and other areas of advanced medicine.
In addition to modern medical treatments, India is also recognized globally for its alternative medical treatments like Ayurveda and Yoga and almost all Ayurveda hospitals in India are accredited to NABH.