Thousands of years ago, in the post-Mughal period, Delhi was one of the most sought-after medical destinations in the world. Today too, India is sought after for its affordable and good quality Healthcare.
So what is it about India that makes it one of the top three most visited Medical tourism destinations in the world?
India has one doctor for every 921 people, which is way ahead of the doctor-population ratio of 1:1000 prescribed by the World Health Organisation. With a good mix of Ayurveda, Unani & Homeopathy (AUH) practitioners and allopathy doctors, India flaunt a good number of qualifies professionals.
Given below is an excerpt from a report by The Indian Medical Travel Association, mentioning the comparison in prices of a few key procedures.
Apart from the cost of medical treatment, India is also soft to the pockets when it comes to the cost of living. Cost of accommodation, transport, eating and every other necessity is very light to the wallets. The affordable costs of India make it a desirable location for most other nations.
The top locations for medical tourism in India are- Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, and Ahmedabad.
These cities, especially Delhi and Mumbai are extremely well connected to the rest of the world with a high frequency of flights to the USA, UAE, UK, Egypt, Oman, Africa, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Iraq, and most other nations.
Apart from this, a lot of the medical tourists also wish to travel to the Indian places which are extremely picturesque and mesmerizing. Delhi for one is extremely well connected to the rest of India. It takes a few hours from Delhi to reach the Himalayas, or the Thar Desert and even the holy towns of Haridwar. It is also well connected with the rest of the southern, eastern and middle India with regular flights and trains to almost every location.
India is known for its warm and welcoming nature. Indians believe in the phrase “Guests are Gods”, and that’s how they even act in reality.
With top-notch healthcare equipment, high-quality doctors and great nursing facilities, India is indeed a great place to come and get done with one’s medical problems. With almost 80% of its medical equipment imported, India boasts a robust and developed medical system. New Delhi, India to has a high number of hospitals that meet international standards and also offers International Patients Services.
India is developing rapidly when it comes to Medical tourism. India’s Medical Tourism market stands with market size of $3 Billion and is seen to be growing at 200% CAGR. With the government policies like AYUSH that help and boost the industry, the Indian hospitals, and medical agencies have also started building great infrastructure and technical soundness in order to both attract and treat the foreign patients with utmost diligence and care.
The booming industry is attracting both an influx of foreign patients and the pumping of money into making the medical systems even more sound and high quality.
BY 2020 India could become the topmost country in the world, in terms of a number of medical tourists. Boasting its vivid knowledge in the different disciplines of Medicine and high-quality education for doctors, India is a promising location for any medical tourist.