Why India As a Medical Tourism Destination

India is benefiting in a big way from globalization. It has become the latest hub for medical outsourcing, with patients from all over the world flocking to myriad hospitals for treatment. They are the new medical tourists and India is flaunted as a medical tourism destination. As per a Mc Kinsey study India’s medical tourism industry can be worth a whopping $2.2 billion annually in terms of revenue. It was only a question of time before India harnessed its vast pool of skilled doctors and nurses along with access to the most modern medical technology, at par with the best in the world. Moreover India enjoys the advantage of a skilled medical workforce fluent in English. All medical procedures including hospitalization and recovery costs much less as compared to America and Europe. Indian hospitals adhere to global quality standards for treatment and surgery.

Patients in all over the world covered by medical insurance have to wait for years to undergo treatment. Though many may frown at the mention of India, an increasingly large number of patients not having insurance from the US and Europe is undergoing treatment here.

They are consulting doctors at the best Indian hospitals to undergo specialized surgery with proper arrangements for recuperation, unlike hospitals in their home country which discharge patients early due to lack of beds. Indian doctors are qualified in the fields of cardiac surgery, cosmetic surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, and dentistry. Most importantly if you compare the cost of treatment, lodging and boarding and airfare, it still works out cheaper by a huge margin.

A dental implant will cost at least 75% less in India as compared to the US. An MRI will cost about $60 in India and about $700 in the US. An open-heart surgery will cost just $4500 in India as compared to $18000 in the US. Crano-facial surgery or a hip replacement costs about $4300 in an Indian hospital while it may cost upwards of $13000 in America. A kidney transplant can cost just 500 euros while it may cost you about 8500 euros in Britain.


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