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The Growing Popularity of India as a Medical Tourism Destination
Posted by skymedicus STAFF on 7/27/2017 12:41 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017
According to a recent article, India is becoming a first-class destination for medical tourism. The Indian government is setting up the country’s Medical Tourism and Wellness policies to encourage people from all over the world to seek out healthcare in India.
The first policy entails hospitals and medical facilities registering with the Ministry of Health and listing their prices for both healthcare procedures and packages (and what the packages include). The goal is to encourage hospitals to offer procedures at competitive prices with the intent of drawing more international patients to the country and boosting tourism revenue. Already, we are seeing that this is leading to quality care found in India starting at a tenth of the price compared to the same procedures in the US.
It is anticipated that a new policy will be enforced shortly that requires all medical care staff be trained in hospitality services as well through a collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism. In accord with the government’s push, the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Health Providers has begun systematically visiting and reviewing traditional wellness and healing centers for accreditation site checks. India already has 28 facilities that have been accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI), which is the same organization that is required for accreditation for all facilities in the US.
India has been a popular destination for medial tourism for many years. In 2016, just over two million Americans traveled to India for healthcare. English is one of many official languages in India and nearly every health professional speaks English fluently. Medical visas are available to for patients and up to two blood relatives depending on the treatment that will be received, but must be applied for before the trip.
A new trend with Indian doctors is that they will travel abroad to receive education and training and then return to India to practice medicine. In the past, doctors that studied abroad were tempted to work abroad as well, however when regulations became more stringent in the EU and USA, doctors began returning to India after their internships were finished abroad. As such, many Indian doctors are accustomed to the expected hospital conditions and quality of care standards of our country, allowing them to offer similar standards of care to what we expect for much lower costs.
To learn more about medical tourism in India, contact the SkyMedicus team today. Your consultation with us is free, and we never charge a fee of any kind unless and until you choose to book your treatment with us. Our focus is on your well-being – not on your wallet!
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