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Overview

Compared to the rest of the world, India’s share of medical tourism recipients are at around 3 percent, but it offers several huge advantages. India is a medical tourism hub specializing in extremely difficult advanced technology surgeries like orthopedic procedures, cardiac bypass, and eye surgery. The popularity in advanced medicine among medical tourists have grown India’s medical tourism sector to 30 percent, making the country close to $3 billion USD by the end of 2013.

Adding to the growing medical tourism sector is India’s placement in the BRIC countries of newly advanced and growing economic development. Since 2001, India has been known as an upcoming economic powerhouse, with advancements in health technology sometimes surpassing Western countries. These advancements in India’s health sector have shown, with an estimated yearly 150 thousand U.S. medical tourists going over to India for medical treatment.

A lot of Westerners know that the cost of their health care, and especially surgeries (whether elective or non-elective) frustratingly rises every year. As no end of price rising seems in sight, more and more have no choice but to go to India and other medical tourism hubs for treatment. India has a special place in the medical tourism industry because of its high advancement in technology, with the latest medical technologies available now. The costs for these procedures are very low, with as much as 96 percent the cost of the surgery if done in the U.S. or U.K. Plus, it is rare to find a language barrier in India because so many doctors and even locals speak English.

The inexpensive healthcare does not mean it is “cheap” by any measures. Most Indian doctors are educated and trained in Western countries, but make their career in India. A lot of Indian hospitals are accredited, and all hospitals are overlooked by the Indian Ministry of Health. Furthermore, doctors must be accredited by the Indian board of doctors, co-ran by the QCIN, or Quality Council of India. You would expect the same, if not better, level of service in India as you would find in your home country. India’s level of expertise in advanced medicine is often quite superior to what you would find in the U.S. and U.K., and this superiority definitely does not mean more expensive.

India takes pride and care in its expanding medical tourism sector. Arguably the biggest city for medical tourism in India, in Chennai, top-of-the-line quality service is offered in some of the biggest hospitals. India has a lot of hospital “groups” that are more like a chain of hospitals than one single hospital. These hospitals are all private, and offer high quality service and personalized service. Other medical tourism cities in India include Bangalore, New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Punjab.

Traveling to a far and distant country like India may be a headache for first-time travelers or novices to the medical tourism industry. There are facilitators available that will help you plan your trip, and will advise you along the way of the best services and care available. Your facilitator will coordinate your trip and act as liaisons between you and the medical facility they associate with. They charge one package price, in which everything except the travel expenses are included. The hard work of finding a reputable center and the verification of doctor’s care can be a daunting challenge, but your facilitator does that hard work for you.

Deciding to make a trip out of your medical-purposed trip to India? There are a lot of aspects to the Indian culture that allow this immersion of culture. We suggest looking into what India has to offer, both as a vacation spot and a health care solution.

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