New Delhi, Nov 15: Post-pandemic, India’s Medical Value Travel Council of India (MVTCI),
co-chaired by the Union Health and Tourism Ministries, is actively stepping in to
collaborate with international partners to facilitate the flow of international patients to India
for their pre-planned and urgent medical procedures and wellness services. It
is being initiated as part of the Heal India initiative, which is under process.
India is currently ranked 10th by the Medical Tourism Association in the
Medical Tourism Index (MTI) for the year 2020-21 out of 46 world destinations. The
country has around 40 Joint Commission International (JCI) accredited and nearly
1500 National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers
(NABH) accredited hospitals.
According to the India Tourism-2022 data, 21.2% of foreign tourist
arrivals in the country are for medical treatment. South Asia countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan,
India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka account for 68 percent of arrivals
in this, while West Asia (Middle East) follows close with 61 percent. African patients from Kenya,
Nigeria and Tanzania too, find India a cost-effective quality care destination.
India is currently focusing on
high-end surgical procedures across specialties
under the ‘Heal in India’ initiative, which is actively pursued by the Central
Government. India is in a bid to join the top MVT destinations of Thailand, Mexico, US, Singapore,
India, Brazil, Turkey and Taiwan.
Experts say the
country’s deft handling of the Coronavirus has earned it a name across the world which can be made use
of in the bid to earn the larger pie in medical tourism. “There is a pent-up demand in the
medical tourism sector post-Covid which we need to tap,” said an expert. India
has introduced Medical Visa and Medical Attendant Visa for the comfort of
patients. E-medical visas to over 150 countries are available from 24 to 48