In another angle on Asia as a lower-cost medical destination for Westerners, India is capitalizing on its plethora of tourist sights like the Taj Mahal and Rajistan to offer an innovative combination of medical services and tourism.
“India is a perfect destination for medical tourism that combines health treatment with visits to some of the most alluring and awe-inspiring places of the world. A growing number of foreign tourists are flocking in large numbers because of the superlative medical care, equipment and facilities that are in India.
India excels in providing quality and cheap health care services to overseas tourists. The field has such lucrative potential that it can become a $2.3 billion business by 2012, states a study by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). In 2004, some 150,000 foreigners visited India for treatment, and the numbers have been rising by 15 per cent each year. India is in the process of becoming the “Global Health Destination” owing to the following advantages:
– The cost of medical services in India is almost 30% lower to that in Western countries and the cheapest in South-east Asia.
– Language is a major comfort factor that invites so many foreign tourists to visit India for medical and health tourism. India has a large populace of good English speaking doctors, guides and medical staff. This makes it easier for foreigners to relate well to Indian doctors.
– Indian hospitals excel in cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery, joint replacements, transplants, cosmetic treatments, dental care, orthopaedic surgery and more.”