India’s National Health Authority (NHA) is in the
process of setting up a dedicated portal to connect foreign patients with reputed
Indian hospitals so that they get quality care which in turn boosts medical
tourism. NRIs and Overseas Citizens of India also stand to gain from this move.
Promoting transparency and accountability in the
medical tourism segment, the portal will provide a list of medical services,
charges and all other relevant information so that the medical tourists can
take an informed decision. The Central Government intends to showcase the
country as a preferred medical tourism destination through this move.
Patients from African countries as wells Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal, Sri
Lanka, Syria, Bhutan, apart from the Middle East are keen on getting affordable
and advanced care in several departments and India has been tapping this
opportunity for sometime before Covid-19 interrupted. However, activities have now
resumed and not only for emergency procedures but also for elective surgeries,
medical value travellers have started returning to India. Cosmetic surgery,
bariatric surgery, orthopedic surgery, cardiac surgery, and hip and knee
replacement are among the picks for the foreign crowd.
itself has a network of over 25,000 hospitals in the country while established
private hospitals in metro cities continue to be the pick of discerning medical
value travelers. The NHA seeks to take a lead role in medical tourism with this
initiative with its elaborate resources so that an institutional framework for
medical tourism emerges.