By Ogova Ondego
Published October 13, 2013
Some 1.5 Million people travel to India for low-priced healthcare annually. This has boosted India’s medical tourism sector that is now experiencing a 30% annual growth rate. By 2015, it is estimated that India’s medical tourism sector will hit the US$2 billion mark. Then, an estimated 3.2 million tourists will seek medicare in India.
As medical treatment costs in the developed world balloon out of control each passing day, J. Patrick, a leading Pasadena TX Cardiologist says thousands of people from all over the world, but principally from Africa, the Middle East and Europe, are finding the prospect of international travel for medical care increasingly appealing.
That the government has removed visa restrictions and is introducing visa-on arrival for patients from select countries is a boost to the country’s medical tourism.
Though “treatment costs in India start at around a tenth of the price of comparable treatment in America or Britain,” the article says, “lower treatment cost does not necessarily mean lower healthcare standards.”
An estimated 150 international patients are reported to be coming to Chennai, ‘India’s health capital’, for medical attention every single day.
The Times of India newspaper reports that the weakening of the rupee against foreign currencies is spurring medical tourism in India. “The number of medical tourists coming to India has jumped by 40 per cent in the past six months, ” The Times reports.
Some of the care medical tourists seek in India at what is described as the most competitive cost are include Weight Loss Surgery, Kidney Transplant, Paediatric Cardiac Surgery, Ophthalmology Treatment, Urology Treatment, Cosmetic Surgery, Reconstructive Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Liver Transplant, IVF and Infertility Treatment, Neurology and Neurosurgery Treatment, Bone Marrow Transplant, Cardiac treatment, General And Minimal Access Surgery, Cancer Treatment, Orthopaedic & Joint Treatment, and Spine Surgery, among others.