India doctors, nurses to push medical value travel

India doctors, nurses to push medical value travel

New Delhi, Sept 29: India is poised to account for 6% of the global medical value tourism (MVT) market by next year leaping from close to 7 lakh tourists who visited the country in 2019. The major factor giving a push to this growth are doctors and surgeons at Indian hospitals most of whom have either trained or worked at some stage in some of the medical institutions in the US, Europe, or the Gulf.

“Moreover, a host of public and private hospitals in the country has state-of-the-art medical equipment and these doctors can efficiently use them making India a preferred destination of medical value tourists from the Gulf, US and Europe who can easily afford the cost here. The nursing workforce of India also has a global reputation,” said a medical value tourism facilitator who commented that India is poised to grow over 20% above the 2019 levels in health tourism.

India has emerged as a hub for robotics and minimally invasive procedures like TAVI, TAVR, and MitraClip while for transplantations of liver, heart, kidney, and bone marrow there are robust facilities here. In oncology and neurosurgery, some of the Indian hospitals including Apollo, Chennai, are on par with the best in the world. Apollo Hospital is recognized for its sole Proton Cancer Therapy centre in South Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Australia. 

The India Government recently rolled out the Heal in India initiative beckoning medical value tourists simplifying visa procedures and facilitating easy access to hospitals in the country. There is an Ayush Visa also to secure medical and wellness care under the traditional Ayurveda system.

India is currently witnessing a surge in the flow of medical value tourists from Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives apart from the Gulf and Africa. Patients from some of the far east nations like Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines and  CIS nations of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan as well as Afghanistan in our neighborhood, also prefer India. For the patients from the West and Australia and Singapore, the cost saving in the range of 60-90% is a major relief and hence an attraction.

 

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