Medical Tourism in India

Medical treatment in India has gained a huge popularity and at the same time, a great momentum in the last few decades. India has, undoubtedly, evolved as one of the leading medical tourism markets in the world by gaining a global recognition through its fair medical treatment pricing, the excellent skill set of the medical professionals, and a terrific standard of care.

Cost of treatment does matter for value patients who travel to India because either the cost of treatment within their own country is expensive or their insurance does not pay for the procedure. However, the cost is hardly a matter of concern for medical tourists with no treatment or exceptional quality of care available within their own country.

A survey conducted by the University of Leeds in 2014 shows that a maximum number of patients put quality as the primary reason for selecting a particular destination. India has proved itself as the destination that offers excellent quality of healthcare strengthened by its large network of state-of-the-art hospitals and most sophisticated and advanced technology.

Brief about healthcare system and professional organizations in India

Healthcare in India is diverse and dates back to the era of ancient practices such as Unani, Homeopathy, Siddha, and Ayurveda. Established on a firm ground, the ancient medicine in India gradually updated its concepts derived from other systems of medicine, thanks to invasion by foreign rulers and cross-trade practices

The modern healthcare system in India comprises of the public and private sector. Even though the country constitution guarantees free healthcare to all, the healthcare system in India is largely dominated by the private sector and therefore, people have to pay most healthcare expenses out of their pocket unless they are insured.

The private healthcare sector started flourishing in India in the 1990s. Since then, there has been no looking back. The private sector has evolved not just to offer high-end and advanced diagnostic and treatment facilities to the people of India but also those traveling from abroad. Today, the private sector accounts for more than 55 percent of the hospitals and 81 percent of the doctors in the country.

A combination of competent and English-speaking medical staff, world-class facilities, cost-effectiveness, and the availability of multiple tourist attractions are some of the reasons empowering the flow of patients from abroad to India.

Why choose India?

  • Availability of all facilities under one roof
  • Significant cost savings
  • Seeking Indian medical visa is easy and hassle-free
  • Multilingual staff trained in best healthcare practices
  • State-of-the-art medical treatment
  •  Highly experienced and skilled specialists
  • Affordable cost of living
  • No waiting lists to seek treatment
  •  Plenty of leisure options to explore
  • Availability of wellness and natural treatment options

Travel/Safety Tips

  • Always keep your passport and identification documents with you.
  • Avoid posing for pictures with strangers.
  • Never enter worshipping places with shoes on.
  • Stay alert all the time to avoid pickpocketing.
  • Avoid discussing religion in public.
  • Keep your valuables with you all the time and never leave stuff in the hotel room.
  • Always check on the seal of the water bottle before drinking from it.
  • Always bring a companion with you when you are on a medical trip.
  • Do not offer money or anything valuables to beggars on the road.
  • Keep your medical reports handy while traveling anywhere apart from the hospital.

Documents you need to carry/legal documents

  • A valid passport and visa
  • All previous medical reports
  • Letter of recommendation from the local doctor for treatment abroad
  • Fit to fly certificate from the local doctor
  • Identity proof of the patient and the attendant
  • Acceptance letter or visa invitation letter from treating hospital
  • Contact details of the local guardian
  • Emergency contact details of someone in the home
  • Local residential proof