From time immemorial, India has been recognized as the centre of supreme knowledge, peace and spirituality. Its motto has always been Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavanthu – wellness and peace for all on earth, irrespective of their faith, class or lifestyle. The country excelled in all the branches of science– from astronomy to healthcare. It has its own medical treatment system based on nature power known as Ayurveda. The knowledge imparted to the world by the masters thousands of years ago is still intact and remains the base of the growth of modern science and healthcare systems.
Millions come every year to get treated and then enjoy their recuperative holidays in the country. According to reports, over 3 million overseas people visited different Indian destinations. for medical treatment in 2015. The country is now known for its world-class medical facilities, multi-speciality hospitals providing advanced treatments in cosmetic surgery, dental care, heart surgeries, coronary bypass, eye surgeries and ages-old traditional treatments like Ayurvedic theraoies, yoga and naturopathy,in short, every aspect of medical treatment. It is a globally accepted fact that medical treatment in India is highly inexpensive, compared to Western countries. Hence it is no wonder, the country has become the favourite destination of people abroad, who seek quality and safe treatment, rejuvenation and peace.
Ever increasing medical costs, high insurance premiums, long waiting lists, large number of uninsured/under insured and insured in many developed countries encourage their citizens to seek treatment in India where the cost of treatment is cheaper. Insurance companies and employers also prefer to send patients to India in order to reduce healthcare expenses. The large Indian community living abroad also makes use of significant part of medical tourism in India. Of late, there is a growing demand for natural healthcare system in the West and some of the rich Asian countries like Japan, where the proportion of elder people has increased significantly. Unable to provide the required treatment to the old generation at home, they also seek alternative to modern healthcare in India as India is safe.
The cost paid for dental treatment in speciality hospitals in India comes to just 10th of the expense for the same treatment in Western and European countries. While a dentist in the US or any European country may charge $300 to $400 for a dental filling, it costs only $20 to $40 in India. While a root canal costs $3000 in the West, it costs $100 to $200 in India.
Above all, the treatment cost in India, in many cases, includes a grand holiday for the patient and those who are accompanying him. India has any number of clinics with state of the art equipment and facilities, well trained and experienced doctors matching the best in the US and Europe.
Though the overall cost may vary, depending on the requirement of each patient, the overall cost is still considered as the lowest in the world. It has been found that while an elective procedure such as a knee replacement would cost $30,000 in the US or UK, the same procedure could be done in India using similar quality parts for a 40 – 60 per cent lesser amount, which includes the hospital stay, all procedure and physicians’ fee and transportation to and from India. A favorable currency exchange rate also helps keep the cost low.
India has some of the best medical professionals in the world, who have done specialization in their respective fields in the best medical schools abroad. Many hospitals also have special wards for overseas patients to suite their living circumstances back home. They also unfailingly upgrade technology, products, services and facilities to give better value to the customers.
Most of the hospitals are also in tie-up with reputed tour operators to offer the best tourism- healthcare packages.
Many hospitals and laboratories in the country such as Ahalia Foundation Eye hospital, Palakkad (Kerala), Apollo Gleneagle hospitals (Kolkata), Apollo hospitals (Bangalore), Apollo hospitals (Chennai), Apollo hospitals (Hyderabad), Asian heart Institute (Mumbai), Fortis Escorts heart hospitals (New Delhi), Fortis Hospitals (Mohali), Fortis Hospitals (Bangalore), Fortis hospitals (Mumbai), Indraprastha Apollo Hospital (New Delhi) Moolchand Hospitals, (New Delhi), Narayan Hrudayalaya (Bangalore), Satguru Partp Singh Apollo Hospitals (Punjab), Shroff Eye hospital (Mumbai), and Sri Ramachandra Medical Centre (Chennai), Lakeshore (Kochi) Amirtha Hospital (Kochi) have international recognation.
There are over 60 NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals) approved hospitals in India and about 400395 hospitals are in the line for NABA accreditation. Majority of the population in the country speak English and the medical staff including doctors and paramedical personnel have world class exposure and fluency in English.
Apart from having one of the best (world class) nodern medical procedures, the country is also offering a whole lot of natural remedies to health–Ayurveda, Sidha, Unani, Yoga, Acupuncture, Homoeopathy, Naturopathy, Aroma therapy, Herbal Oil massage, etc.
According a research project commissioned by the Government of India to Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management, cardiac treatment (30 per cent) is the most popular procedure in Indian medical tourism, followed by orthopedic, including joint replacement (15 per cent), nephrology (12 per cent), Nero-surgery (11 per cent), cancer (11 per cent) and all others including cosmetic surgery (22 per cent).
1 Swift admission process
2 Attention to customers’ needs
3 Coordination between different wards and
4 Enthusiastic and proactive staff
5 Pickup facility on arrival
6 Counseling at hospital on arrival
7 Assurance of confidentiality
8 Helpful and cheerful daily care staff
9 Daily care staff sensitive to customers’ needs
10 Knowledgeable and skillful nursing staff
11 Quick and responsive nursing care staff
12 Nursing staff demonstrates concern
13 Doctors available when required
14 Doctors willing to share information
15 Qualified and skillful doctors
16 Linguist abilities of doctors and nurses
17 Linguist abilities of non medical staff
18 Empathetic doctors and nurses
19 Comfortable (and affordable) accommodation
20 Good and palatable food
22 Proper arrangement for accomplice