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MEDICAL TOURISM IN INDIA

MEDICAL TOURISM IN INDIA
February 05
16:57 2017

Medical tourism in India is in the nascent stage and it is likely to grow from $3 billion to $8 billion industry by 2020 according to various studies.  The recent initiatives taken by the central government to ease visa formalities attracted more international travellers to India.  It is easy to get E-Visas on arrival at the airports.  International Travellers whose objective for visiting India, for short duration medical treatment can also apply for the E-Visas.  The travellers should have a valid passport and should have six months validity. The passport should have 2 blank pages for stamping by the Immigration Officer. International travellers who come for treatment should have return ticket and sufficient money for the stay.

There is a huge surge in medical tourism in India because of cost effectiveness, latest medical facilities, availability of internationally qualified staffs etc.  The cost effectiveness of Cancer, Cosmetic surgery, Cardiovascular, reproductive and weight loss treatment in India attracted a lot of international patients to India.  Medical treatment is very expensive in US and European countries and also they have to wait long time to get treatments under various national schemes are forcing them to visit countries like India, Israel, Malaysia etc.  India is the second largest destination after Thailand.  The latest government’s initiatives to spend more on basic infrastructure facilities including digitization will have positive impact on medical tourism.  The latest budget proposal establishes 5 zones will further boost tourism along with medical tourism.  Many leading India tour companies are offering various packages which includes hotels, flights, hospitals and nearby tourist destinations.  The cost effectiveness and availability of accredited facilities in India will attract more foreign patience to India. Kerala, Chennai, Mumbai, NCR are the few most preferred states for medical tourism.

 

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