For India, if there is any sector which has consistently contributed to the growing GDP, it has to be the tourism sector. Medical tourism particularly boasts of popularity since it allows for relatively affordable quality medical facilities. Every year thousands of people come to India for cancer treatment, knee replacement surgery, Orthopedic surgeries, nephrology, Ayurveda treatments and many more.
The Economic Times reported Grant Thornton India’s National Managing Partner Vishesh C Chandiok as having said, “Amongst these corridors of health, India has the second largest number of accredited facilities (after Thailand). The Indian Medical Tourism market is expected to grow from its current size of USD 3 billion to USD 7-8 billion by 2020.”
Perhaps with the new visa policies which have further eased the entry into India, the tourist footfall is even more. The primary reason why India is a popular destination for medical purposes is the low costs. While it takes roughly about thirty lacs in New York City for a knee replacement surgery, hospitals in one of the most expensive cities of India, namely Mumbai will do it well within three lacs. So, even a person residing in the Big Apple will find it cheaper to come down to India, sundry expenses notwithstanding than have himself treated in the hospital few blocks down the lane. Additionally, these operations are done by highly qualified doctors who are well versed in the English language and who are a part of super specialty medical fraternity with many accreditations.
Cancer treatment which usually cost an arm and a leg in most countries is relatively inexpensive in India. Dr. Ashish Bakshi, an Indian oncologist at L H Hiranandani Hospital, opines that cancer treatment in our country is at par and in some cases even better than medical centers abroad.
For a lot of Westerners particularly, the Indian subcontinent is known for birthing Ayurveda. Miraculous Ayurveda has solutions for nearly all health problems. Foreigners find a deep fascination for Ayurveda treatments for it has neither is it temporary not does it have any side effects.
Furthermore, Chennai which is now also called the health capital of India witnesses a massive influx of patients seeking orthopedic surgeries. Orthopedic surgeons in India are highly trained and have skillfully displayed their medical skill set to make many operations successful.
With technological improvements in all fields, nephrology has also progressed by leaps and bounds. Cost-effective treatment, medical expertise and easy availability of donors make India stand out.
Both the government as well as the private medical hospitals in India has now realized the rising potentiality that the sector possesses. Indian doctors are competent and contemporary and are endeavoring to pioneer newer ways of diagnosing various ailments.
Apart from being an excellent stopover for medical treatment, India offers alternative health rejuvenation techniques like yoga, meditation, panchakarma, etc., which provide a holistic approach to healthy lifestyle. India with its progressive ideals in health tourism has gained a foothold and is sure to become synonymous with world-class health treatment.