India is a popular destination among healthcare seekers open to the idea of traveling to a foreign land to avail low cost and quality medical treatments. As per the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, the country received around 450,000 medical tourists in 2007. Medical tourism in India is on the rise and this can be gauged from the report of a joint study conducted by the Confederation of Indian Industry and McKinsey, which touts the Indian medical tourism industry to generate additional revenue of $2.2 billion by 2012.
One major reason that makes India an attractive destination for availing medical services is the cost of healthcare in India, which can be as less as 20% the total cost that patients would pay in North American or West European countries.
Patients benefit from choosing medical treatments in India as the state of the economy has made room for establishment of specialized clinics which observe international medical standards. Indian healthcare professionals have access to state-of-the-art technologies comparable to those in more developed nations.
Should you opt for Medical Treatments in India?
If you are considering traveling to India, there are a number of questions you can ask yourself to help you with your decision. For example:
- Do you need a procedure that you can’t afford in your home country?
- Does your condition allow you to travel and remain stable before you have access to the doctors and surgeons in India?
- Does your medical condition require treatment that may not be available where you live, as technology is not that evolved in your home country yet?
- Are you confident about the skills and training of the medical professionals in India after talking to medical tourism agencies and doing independent research?
- Can you arrange to travel with someone who can assist you through your recovery before you return home?
- Can you afford to pay in cash for any procedures done in India if your insurance does not support medical tourism in India?
If you can answer all of the above questions in favor of medical value tourism in India, then it is likely a feasible option for your medical needs. Right from a heart surgery, a facelift, to an IVF treatment, India’s robust healthcare system offers it all.
India’s Spirituality – Boon for Medical Tourists
India is the land of spirituality and medical tourists to India can benefit from emotional and physical wellbeing as a result of their tryst with spiritualism. Even those who do not practice religion will appreciate the soothing effect of alternative treatments such as Ayurveda and Yoga on the mind, body, and soul.
There are many spiritual and historical sites that patients can visit during their recovery time in India. In many cases, patients and their families will also discover that there is a prayer room in a hospital that can give them a quiet place to collect their thoughts and wish for a simple recovery.
Getting spiritually uplifting lessons on the banks of the Ganges in Rishikesh, the yoga capital of the world, experiencing a rejuvenating Ayurvedic spa treatment in God’s own country – Kerala, and meditating in the sprawling gardens of Bodhgaya, one can weigh plenty of options for a holistic medical value trip to India.
Dr. Deepika Garg
Editor – Publisher Medical Tourism India