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Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Medical Tourism

Dr. Parag Sancheti
India has emerged as a hub for medical tourism with advanced diagnostic equipments and excellent infrastructure. India offers world class medical facilities, and has state-of-the-art hospitals and the best qualified doctors. Holding the competitive advantage of cost differentiation as compared to western healthcare centers, patients from other countries visit India for their medical needs. The Ministry of Tourism (MOT), Government of India has enhanced the Medical Visa by extending it to three years from 6 months. Leading healthcare providers are also striving to make India an international health resort, with an airport to airport concept of health tourism.

Private Sector enables more than 70 percent of the healthcare in India:
The rising standard of living and willingness to pay for quality healthcare has led to the emergence of high quality private hospitals with all the facilities available under one roof. Cost of services is also comparatively less. Quality of healthcare has improved and the success rates of Indian healthcare providers is equal to or better than their counterparts in developed countries High end quality medical services at corporate hospitals have positioned India as a preferred destination for medical / surgical care on the global map. In a nutshell, healthcare is poised to take a quantum leap with opportunities a plenty. The right people at the right time with the right resources will emerge as winners.

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