Several patients across the world travel to other nations for surgical and medical treatment. Traveling to other nations for medical treatment is referred to as medical tourism. Charges for surgical and medical treatments in some of the developing nations are at lowest level when compared with advanced countries including USA. Some of the developing nations such as India are offering excellent medical treatment at very low charges.
Tourism industry and healthcare industry are joining hands to develop medical tourism. Many industries including hospitality sector, resorts, flight operators and hotels would benefit from medical tourism.
India offers medical treatment on par with USA. India has advanced surgical equipment and competent physicians. India is attracting medical tourists from highly developed nations such as Australia, USA, European nations and other countries. India is also attracting NRIs living in other nations, as the healthcare charges are higher in cities where they live.
Indian medical tourism has picked up in the past few years. Even patients from neighboring nations such as Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Nepal are coming to India for medical treatment. Indian government is giving importance to medical tourism to improve its economy.
India offers affordable surgical and medical treatments. The patients from abroad need to pay just US$6000 in India for heart bypass surgery. They need to pay US$23940 in the UK and US$19700 in the US for heart bypass surgery. Indian hospitals charge US$900 for dental implants. The patients need to pay US$3500 in the UK and US$4000 in the US for dental implants. Indian doctors are highly efficient to conduct complex surgeries at very low charges. About 150,001 patients visited India from various nations such as Africa, Britain, US and other nations for medical treatment in 2007. The overseas patients need to pay US$9000 for hip replacement in India against US$43,000 in the US.
Overseas patients could benefit from quick appointments, English speaking doctors and affordable prices.
Several employers from developed nations are also exploring ways to send their employees to low cost nations such as India for medical treatment.