India Rising as the Global Hub of Medical Tourism

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Imagine your dental treatment being performed by highly qualified dentists at a fraction of cost than what you would be paying in your own country and combine this with the opportunity to explore the rich cultural heritage of India. Sounds too good to be true?


With the growth of medical tourism, this dream is now a reality. Medical tourism, broadly defined, is a term used to describe the process whereby patients travel to countries other than their own to obtain medical, dental and /or surgical treatments at a far cheaper price, typically combining their trip with a vacation in the country of visit. Usually the savings made on the healthcare funds the vacation and still allows some money to be left over. Today it is a multi billion dollar industry and growing at a rapid rate world wide.

Growth of Medical Tourism

A combination of multiple factors has contributed to the recent increase in popularity of medical tourism. High cost of healthcare in the industrialized nations and the dramatic reduction in cost of international travel together has created a market for medical tourism. At the same time a destination is needed for these medical tourists. In the recent years, the medical technology and standards of healthcare in many developing countries has seen a revolution.


Today, countries like India, the East Indies, South America and South East Asia offer treatment facilities at par with international standards at just a fraction of cost. Also, these countries offer numerous options for touring, sight-seeing, shopping, and exploring. With the current growth rate of medical tourism it is expected that destinations for medical tourists will also increase rapidly as healthcare facilities improve around the world.

India as a medical tourism destination

“Health is Wealth.” Today, everyone around the world knows and accepts the importance of Health. This changing attitude and way of living of people are the primary reasons why the healthcare industry across the globe has caught up in the limelight and gaining it’s momentum as days pass by.


Unlike in other Industries, in the healthcare industry, it’s not merely machines or technology that matters. A lot depends on the skill and clinical judgments of the doctors. India, as we all know, is already very well known for its high level of professionalism and knowledge in the health care and medical Industry.


Though there are other countries where medical tourism is already being actively promoted such as Greece, South Africa, Jordan, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore, India is fast emerging as the most preferred, competent and cost effective contender in the world with respect to medical tourism. Long recognized for its cultural and scenic beauty, India is now being put up on international map as a haven for those seeking quality and affordable healthcare.

Why India?

The availability of numerous Hospitals and Clinics in each and every part of India, whether urban, semi-urban, or rural, with 24 Hours medical facilities and well qualified staff prevents the problems of waiting lists as seen in American, Canadian or European hospitals. In addition, the one on one attention as seen in most Indian Hospitals and the availability of professionally trained personal nurses and 24 hour servants are the unimaginable luxuries for people coming from most developed countries.

The treatment in India is cost effective and very efficient. This is a major factor that attracts medical tourists from all around the globe particularly in the field of dentistry. But on a personal level, Indian doctors and hospitals are globally known for their kindness and personal care towards their patients. The language barrier creates only a small hurdle as most of the doctors and hospitals speak and understand English and the Prescriptions are written in English.

It is said that “Faith is the best healer.” The strong confidence people have in Indian medical systems and practices attracts them to India. Its reputation precedes it. Finally, leisure tourism is already very much in demand in India as the country offers diverse cultural and scenic beauty. India has almost all sorts of destinations like high mountains, vast deserts, scenic beaches, historical monuments, religious temples etc. Known for its hospitality for tourists, the country has opened doors to welcome with the same hospitality the medical patients.

So, if you require medical treatments of any kind consider becoming a medical tourist and get a free vacation with the savings on your treatment bills with no compromise in quality!

Dr. Nimit Garg MDS( Periodontics) is a Consultant for Max Healthcare in New Delhi, India. He may be reached at nimit_garg@yahoo.com. (www.dental-clinic-delhi.com)


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

With over 17 years experience in Insurance, Marketing and Employee Benefits Management, Alex Piper possesses extensive knowledge of the U.S. Healthcare Market and the influence that Insurance Carriers, U.S. Employers, Hospitals, Physicians, Physician Groups, Healthcare Professional Organizations and Government will have on the next generation of global healthcare.

As an insurance executive at a top Fortune 50 U.S. company, he spent the last eight years designing employee and customer benefits programs including healthcare programs for the large supplier and distribution partner companies of his employer.  He was responsible for creating a benefits program that had over U.S.$140 million in assets and had over 1300 companies enrolled.  His latest program grew from zero to $40 million in insurance premiums in less than two years!

Alex’s experience also includes the design of marketing communications plans that grew his company 20% annually, and made it the 12th most profitable company in it’s industry in America.  His skill set is nicely rounded with his experience in being responsible for complete marketing communication strategy and execution for a growing $156 million company, including public relations, multimedia advertising, event marketing and Internet marketing.

He is President of OneWorld Global Healthcare Solutions, a consulting company committed to creating a worldwide healthcare solution.