Medical Tourism

Medical Tourism

What is Medical Tourism?

Medical Tourism (also known as Health Tourism, Medical Travel) is about travelling to a foreign country for medical treatment. It involves the benefit of cost effective treatment, private medical care in collaboration with the tourism industry. The concept of Medical Tourism is fast catching-up in India where people from any part of the world travel to the country for the purpose of medical treatment and get the dual benefit of travelling and sightseeing to various parts of India.

Why Medical Tourism in India?

Medical Tourism is a growing concept in India because of various reasons. Much of it depends upon factors those are:

  • Low cost surgeries and medical treatments such as complex Bone Marrow transplant, liver transplant, kidney transplant, specialized cardiac/heart surgery, surgeries for hip joint replacement, knee joint replacement, dental surgery, and cosmetic surgeries, to mention a few. All these surgical procedures are carried out by expert doctors.

  • India has various state-of-the-art medical institutes and hospitals of international standards.

  • People all around the world are eager to see the diversity and unity of India. So, when they get the advantage of medical treatment along with a dual advantage of getting to travel India, they choose India over others.

  • Comparatively the cost of surgery in India is estimated to be one-tenth of that in the United States or Western Europe, and sometimes even less. A heart-valve replacement that would cost $200,000 or more in the US, for example, goes for $10,000 in India--and that includes round-trip airfare and a brief vacation package. Similarly there are other such surgical procedures that cost less in India. 

  • Chennai (formerly known as Madras), the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, has been declared India's Health Capital, as it nets in 48% of health tourists from abroad and 37-41% of domestic health tourists.