India is leaving the world behind in medical tourism, is among the top 10 countries
There are many beautiful tourist places in India, where people from all over the world come to visit. But do you know that India has become one of the 10 places in the world in terms of medical tourism. Every year lakhs of foreign nationals come to India for treatment on medical tourism visa. Nowadays patients from many developed countries are also turning to India for cheap and quality treatment in India. The cost of treatment in India is about 30 per cent lower than in western countries and is considered the cheapest in South East Asia. Today India is considered an ideal destination in terms of treatment, where apart from health benefits, you can visit many beautiful places of our country.
Let us tell you that when people go to another country for their medical or treatment outside their country, it is called medical tourism. Every year lakhs of foreign nationals come to India for treatment on medical tourism visa.
What do the figures say?
According to Indian government data, Thailand, Mexico, USA, Singapore, India, Brazil, Turkey and Taiwan are the first choice in terms of number of patients seeking medical treatment. According to media reports, heart surgery costs around Rs 4 lakh in India. Whereas in Thailand it is around Rs 15 lakh and in America it is around Rs 80 lakh. Between 2017 and 2020, the maximum number of patients from Bangladesh came to India for treatment. According to the latest government figures, Iraq, Afghanistan and Maldives are at number two. The number of patients coming from Oman, Kenya, Myanmar and Sri Lanka is also very high.
10 largest medical tourism company in the world
- Aditya Birla Health Services Limited
- Apollo Hospitals Enterprises Limited
- Asian Heart Institute and Research Center Pvt. Ltd.
- Barbados Fertility Center
- BB Healthcare Solutions Ltd.
- Fortis Healthcare Ltd.
- Kpj Healthcare Berhad.
Which country is number 1 in medical tourism?
Canada ranks first among 46 countries in the 2020-2021 Global Tourism Ranking with an index score of 76, 47. This indicator is expressed in the ratings given by the medical tourism industry, the destination environment and the quality of facilities and services, of which only 14 million are US citizens. Canada has gained fame in terms of medical and health facilities due to its modern technology and quality and being a huge country like America adjacent to Canada also encourages medical tourism.
These countries are ahead in medical tourism-
Singapore, Japan, Spain, UK, Dubai, Costa Rica, Israel, Abu Dhabi, India
10 famous medical tourist places in India
Chennai, Mumbai, New Delhi, Goa, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Coimbatore, Vellore, Alleppey, Hyderabad
Reasons for the growth of medical tourism in India
- Today India is being considered as a suitable destination for medical tourism, where apart from health benefits, beautiful places can also be visited.
- The cost of surgeries like bone marrow transplant, bypass surgery, knee surgery and liver transplant in India is much less as compared to western countries. Along with this, there are lakhs of skilled doctors and lakhs of trained nurses in the country.
- India has technologically advanced hospitals, specialist doctors and facilities like e-medical visas, which are helping it to become one of the fastest growing medical tourism destinations in Asia.
- The cost of medical care in India is about 30 percent lower than in Western countries, which is also cheaper than in South-East Asia.
- Language is a major factor that attracts a large number of foreign tourists for medical and health tourism. India has a large number of good English speaking doctors, guides and medical staff. It facilitates foreigners to be in better touch with Indian doctors.
- Indian doctors have expertise in performing successful cardiac surgeries, bone marrow transplants, liver transplants, orthopedic surgeries and other medical treatments.
- The cost of infertility treatment in India is about a quarter of that of developed countries. Modern reproductive technologies like In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) services have made India the first choice for infertility treatment.
e-Medical Visa for citizens of 156 countries
The focus of the central government is to ensure that India emerges as a brand in the medical and wellness sector across the world. In such a situation, several steps have been taken to promote India as a medical and wellness tourism destination, recognizing the medical value of travel and wellness tourism. Under this ‘Medical Visa’ has also been started. Due to this, medical tourism is also gaining momentum in the country. So far, citizens of 156 countries have been given the facility of e-medical visa under medical tourism.
Government is giving financial help
Provides financial assistance for participation in medical tourism fairs, medical conferences, wellness conferences, health fairs and allied road shows recognized by NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Health Service Providers) under the Marketing Development Assistance Scheme of the Ministry of Tourism. Is. Financial assistance up to a maximum of Rs 25 lakh will be given on 50:50 sharing basis. And this assistance will be provided only to State Governments/ Chambers of Commerce/ National Welfare and Medical Associations. To mitigate the impact of COVID-19, the government has announced various measures to revive the tourism sector in the country, including medical and health tourism.
Role of Ministry of Tourism
In order to promote medical tourism in the country, the Ministry of Tourism has constituted a National Medical and Welfare Tourism Board under the chairmanship of the Minister of Tourism. In addition, the Ministry of Tourism, as part of its ongoing activities, will promote various tourist destinations and products of the country under the ‘Incredible India’ brand-line in major and potential markets abroad in global print, electronic and online Media campaigns. Regular digital posts are also made on the social media accounts of the Ministry regarding medical tourism.