Before we discuss about the Indian medical tourism and its future; we should know what it is all about. Medical tourism is basically to travel to another country to get the required medical help and assistance.
Medical Tourism Market is highly developed and accounts for billions every year. This industry is growing strong every year due to globalization and rising health care expenses in the developed countries. Developing country like India is doing every effort and launching economical initiatives in the healthcare industry to provide everyone quality health services and attract patients from different countries. Every necessary effort is being undertaken by the Indian medical industry to expand the medical tourism of our country.
According to a recent CII report, the cost-consciousness factor and availability of accredited facilities have led to emergence of several global medical tourism corridors – Singapore, Thailand, India, Malaysia, Taiwan, Mexico and Costa Rica.
Rising of the Indian medical Tourism
Indian medical tourism is enhancing every year in all terms. From cosmetic surgery, dental treatment, cardiovascular treatment, orthopedics treatment, bariatric surgery, fertility treatment, eye surgery to general treatment, everything is being offered to the patients who come to India to seek quality medical help.
Further to the recent CII report, “Amongst these corridors of health, India has the second largest number of accredited facilities (after Thailand). The Indian Medical Tourism market is expected to grow from its current size of USD 3 billion to USD 7-8 billion by 2020.”
Indian medical tourism offers advance medical facilities, tools, techniques and professionals. The countries like Africa, GCC and CIS regions that currently hold just 30 per cent of the shares in the health industry present the maximum possible opportunity for the Indian healthcare sector to grow in future.
Analysis of the Indian medical tourism
Indian state, Kerala, attracts only 5 per cent of such medical tourists presently and has the potential to enhance its share above 10-12 per cent. Kerala can increase the medical tourism with advance facilities, focused marketing strategy and improved techniques.
As per a recent study, the major factor that can enhance the medical tourism in Indian state, Kerala, will be availability of national as well as globally accredited facilities across the entire state. This is where Kerala lags behind in comparison to the other Indian states such as Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, NCR and Andhra Pradesh.
The cities such as Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Delhi-NCR are the most sought destinations in India to avail the best medical treatments. These cities and states are endowed with major advance facilities and assistance. Tourists get the best possible treatments and guidance in the most affordable cost.
Since 2016, the Indian health tourism has come a long way. It has added various possible facilities, tools, equipment’s, professionals and hospitals. Indian Medical Tourism is undoubtedly growing with a rapid speed, promising quality and economical health facilities for both, national and international patients.