An Emerging Medical Tourism Giant: INDIA

By Febby Madzudzo

In India, the medical tourism sector is growing. Their medical tourism sector in 2015 was estimated to be worth three billion dollars and was projected to increase to seven billion dollars by the year 2020, according to Confederation of India Industry (CII). The primary reason that attracts medical value travel to India is cost-effectiveness, and treatment from accredited facilities at par with developed countries at much lower cost.

According to the Medical Tourism Market Report: 2015, it was discovered that India was “one of the lowest cost and highest quality of all medical tourism destinations, as it offers a wide variety of procedures at about one-tenth the cost of similar procedures in the United States.”The most popular treatments sought in India by medical tourists are alternative medicine, bone-marrow transplant, cardiac bypass, eye surgery and hip replacement.

The country is well known for heart surgery, hip resurfacing and other areas of advanced medicine.
A visa-on-arrival scheme for tourists from a selected number of countries has been instituted which allows foreign nationals to stay in India for 30 days for medical reasons. India has a large diversity of languages but English is an official language in the country, and is widely spoken by most people and doctors in the country.

Most hospitals in India have hired translators as a way of increasing the number of tourist in the country and also breaking the language barrier between patient and doctor communication.
This has helped African and European medical tourist feel comfortable while at the same time helping in the facilitation of their treatment. India has become the hotspot for medical tourism as they have advance technology and world certified doctors.

They are world leaders in advanced research in stem cell production.The medical tourism sector in the country is proving to be a massive success and it’s showing signs of making India one of the best in the world for medical value travel.

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