Medical tourism means the travel of a patient from their home country to another country in seek of treatment. Now India acts as a hot-spot in the role of the destination country of patients in medical tourism. The reason why the people of developed countries are coming to India is that our technology has grown to international standards but still the cost is cheaper than outside. It is also expected that this will grow by 30% in coming two years.
Based on the location chosen, language barrier also might not become a problem and hospitals translators are arranged to throw off this barrier. For the patients arriving from the Middle East, visa restrictions are relaxed. The statistics gained by the Confederation of Indian Industries shows a remarkable number of tourists coming to India as part of medical tourism.
In 2005, around 150,000 people have visited and in 2008, about 200,000 medical tourists came to India. This shows a steady growth in the area of medical tourism. The Indian Healthcare Industry is predicted to double its value to $6 billion by 2018. Treatment costs for the patient can be cut up to 90% in India.
There are many other contributing factors for the shoot up of medical tourism in India. The rise in the standard of information technology in India is yet another reason for the increased scope of medical tourism. The presence of internationally highly qualified, well experienced doctors in India adds a feather to the hat of medical tourism. India being such a gem for the valued culture, the patients who come as a part of medical tourism can enjoy a holiday too along with the treatment.
Some hospitals provide all the wonderful facilities possible to make the patients feel that they are at home away from home. Guest houses are arranged for the attendants, translators will be provided, Sightseeing and also local transportation facilities will be given which include Airport pickup and drop. If the patient and attendant are uncomfortable with the food, cuisine to suit their palate are given.
The Visa and foreign Exchange are assisted and all the appointments are coordinated. Locker facilities are also provided in many of the hospitals and the guest houses provided for the attendants for safe keeping of their valuables. And for sure the best possible treatment is provided.