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Medical Tourism In India

Updated on January 3, 2016
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Medical Tourism

When people travel to other countries for obtaining medical treatment it is called Medical Tourism. It is also sometimes referred as Health Tourism. In India, the medical tourism is increasing. It is growing a lot in terms of goodwill and also foreign exchange and in terms of medical treatment too.

Initially, the trend in the Medical Tourism was, people from less developed Countries use to travel to highly developed Countries for major medical centers and to get advanced medical treatment. It was subsequently changed and the trend now is, the people from developed countries are moving to the countries of third World for treatment. Probably, this recent trend is due to medical services at cheaper cost.

Medical Tourism in India

India is now in much demand in the field of Medical Tourism. Many foreigners are flying to India to avail the health services which are much economical and at the same time they are equally good when compared to world class health institutions' services and much effective too.

In the year 2003 a well known consultancy firm estimated – Medical Tourism could earn around 2 billion by the year 2015. Foreign patients from USA and UK and from other countries of West Asia and also South East Asia now are much favoring to avail the health services in India. Most possible reasons for the same are good and quick treatment, pleasing hospitality, low pricing and competitive quality of treatment. For example, a heart bypass surgery in India costs one tenth of the cost of the same surgery in the countries like UK and USA. It is the same with hip replacement surgery also.

Advantages of Medical Tourism in India

There is an interesting fact the medical tourism in India is in demand also because of the Indians living in Abroad. Those Indians living abroad, mostly, prefer quality good treatment and cheaper medical services available in India. Beside, the foreigners too are attracted to benefit the inexpensive and at the same time the good quality medical services in India. The main reasons for the development of Medical Tourism in India can be credited to number of World class private hospitals and highly experienced doctors among whom several have studied their medicine abroad and practiced as well thereon.

It was in the year 1996 this Medical Tourism started and rapidly kept on increasing there from. The main factor for this trend was the patients from foreign are seeking diagnosis and treatment in India along with a holiday package being provided in the country. Further boost for Medical Tourism came with different value added services. Transfers of the foreigners from the airport, special food for them, and providing translators for the foreign patients have much more boosted this area of tourism.

Now let us look at the advantages in brief, about the exact reasons for the development of Medical Tourism in India.

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NTR Gardens Hyderabad | Source
  1. The first and the foremost reason for this latest trend i.e. boost of Medical Tourism in India is cheaper cost of the treatment.
  2. The treatment is highly inexpensive and at the same time latest medical technologies are available in India.
  3. The private hospitals are growing and all are in compliance with international quality standards.
  4. There is a boost to this industry from the Government. The Government of India has removed or liberalized restrictions on visa for the foreigners who seek medical treatment in India.
  5. The Medical Tourism field is providing good facilities for the foreign patients and to their near and dear too who accompany with the patient.
  6. The ambiance, value added services, and other special treatment are simply attracting the foreign patients to avail the medical services in India.
  7. There is one more good reason the foreign patients are attracted to benefit the medical treatment in India is a holiday package inclusion in the entire package of medical treatment of the foreign patient who wanted to have get medical services in India.
  8. Recently, there is a new field in Medical Tourism that is gaining demand and that is commercial surrogacy and the same is legal in India.
  9. There are several other miscellaneous reasons for the constant growth of the Medical Tourism in India. Those reasons include possible internal disturbances in other countries sometimes, other political scenarios, unavailability of proper facilities, also sometimes highly expensive facilities, etc.
  10. Last but not the least the most important point - the doctors in India are highly qualified, many of them have pursued their medicine and practiced abroad too.

© 2014 Dilip Chandra


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    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      It feels good that people from other countries prefer India for their health concerns and care. I have seen many foreigners taking medical treatment in reputed hospitals.

      There is no dearth of talent in India in any field or specialization. As an Indian I feel proud of this fact.

      Very nice, informative and useful article. Voted up!

    • PurvisBobbi44 profile image


      3 years ago from Florida

      Hi Dilip,

      Health care for the world is a main concern for all humans today. And, from your informative article India is doing it's part to help us all.

      India is a beautiful country, and I have met online some wonderful people who live there.

      Thanks for a great hub to share with us today.

      Bobbi Purvis

      I voted Up+++ and will Tweet it to my Followers.

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      Suzette Walker 

      3 years ago from Taos, NM

      What an interesting and informative article. I had not hear of medical tourism before and I did not know the advantages of health care in India. This is a real eye opener for me. It is good to know that one can fly to India to obtain cheaper health care yet have the advantage of quality health care at the same time. Thanks for sharing this with us.

    • Harishprasad profile image

      Harish Mamgain 

      3 years ago from New Delhi , India

      Dilip, there are two arena viz. information Technology and Medical Tourism in which India has made tremendous progress. We are proud of our engineers and doctors.

      This is a very well researched and informative hub and made an interesting read. Thank you. Voted and shared.

    • dilipchandra12 profile imageAUTHOR

      Dilip Chandra 

      3 years ago from India

      Thanks for going through my hub Davina and that change in the price is too much. Such huge increase is really hard to accept. Thanks again for the example about the rising prices.

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      3 years ago from Virginia

      With the way medical costs are increasing in the US it only makes sense that people would start outsourcing their medical care to foreign countries, and it sounds like India is the way to go for medical tourism. Food for thought, we purchased a vial of insulin last year for $180 six months later the same exact vial costs nearly $500. Medical prices are skyrocketing here in the US. Thanks for sharing this, very interesting read!!!

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      Susie Lehto 

      3 years ago from Minnesota

      What a great idea by India to combine tourism and medical services for foreigners who are seeking low cost but quality medical care.

      Interesting and helpful information.

    • Eiddwen profile image


      3 years ago from Wales

      A very interesting read Dilip. Your hubs are always so interesting and I vote up.

      Enjoy your day.



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