Information >> Need For Medical Tourism
Medical tourism can be broadly defined
as provision of 'cost effective' private medical care in collaboration with
the tourism industry for patients needing surgical and other forms of
specialized treatment. This process is being facilitated by the corporate
sector involved in medical care as well as the tourism industry - both
private and public.
Medical or Health tourism has become a common form of vacationing, and
covers a broad spectrum of medical services. It mixes leisure, fun and
relaxation together with wellness and healthcare.
The idea of the health holiday is to offer you an opportunity to get away
from your daily routine and come into a different relaxing surrounding. Here
you can enjoy being close to the beach and the mountains. At the same time
you are able to receive an orientation that will help you improve your life
in terms of your health and general well being. It is like rejuvenation and
clean up process on all levels - physical, mental and emotional.
Many people from the developed world come to India for the rejuvenation
promised by yoga and Ayurvedic massage, but few consider it a destination
for hip replacement or brain surgery. However, a nice blend of top-class
medical expertise at attractive prices is helping a growing number of Indian
corporate hospitals lure foreign patients, including from developed nations
such as the UK and the US.
As more and more patients from Europe, the US and other affluent nations
with high medicare costs look for effective options, India is pitted against
Thailand, Singapore and some other Asian countries, which have good
hospitals, salubrious climate and tourist destinations. While Thailand and
Singapore with their advanced medical facilities and built-in medical
tourism options have been drawing foreign patients of the order of a couple
of lakhs per annum, the rapidly expanding Indian corporate hospital sector
has been able to get a few thousands for treatment.
But, things are going to change drastically in favour of India, especially
in view of the high quality expertise of medical professionals, backed by
the fast improving equipment and nursing facilities, and above all, the
cost-effectiveness of the package.
Indian corporate hospitals are on par, if not better than the best hospitals
in Thailand, Singapore, etc there is scope for improvement, and the country
may become a preferred medical destination. In addition to the increasingly
top class medical care, a big draw for foreign patients is also the very
minimal or hardly any waitlist as is common in European or American
hospitals. In fact, priority treatment is provided today in Indian hospitals
The Apollo Group, Escorts Hospitals in New Delhi and Jaslok Hospitals in
Mumbai are to name a few which are established names even abroad. A list of
corporate hospitals such as Global Hospitals, CARE and Dr L.V. Prasad Eye
Hospitals in Hyderabad, The Hindujas and NM Excellence in Mumbai, also have
built capabilities and are handling a steadily increasing flow of foreign
patients. India has much more expertise than say Thailand or Malaysia. The
infrastructure in some of India's hospitals is also very good. What is more
significant is that the costs are much less, almost one-third of those in
other Asian countries.