Health Tourism is a concept where a patient travels to another country for medical treatment in order to save costs, or get treatment faster or even to avail of better medical facilities. Most patients from countries like USA and UK travel to developing countries such as India for treatment because India offers some of te cheapest pricing options of treatment, offers a good holiday, there are no waiting lists or queues to stand in, the doctors are comparable to anyone in the world and finally, language does not pose a problem as most people speak English.
Why would someone travel to India and not to Thailand?
Although the cost difference between treatment in India and Thailand is not much, India offers what you call a language advantage – a patient would surely prefer a country where English is widely spoken. Also, it is believed that the facilities in India are more suited for International patients.
India is also working hard to increase it’s infrastructure to better suit the needs of patients coming to India for treatments such as heart surgey, knee replacement, other orthopaedic treatments, cosmetic surgery, eye care, dental treatment or any other treatment for that matter. This is one of the primary fields which India intends to explore during the coming years.
How can you trust Indian Doctors?
Well, many highly qualified doctors have had some form of training from abroad , specially USA and UK. Indian surgeons and doctors are known for their skill and research throughout the world.
India has over 150000 medical tourists each year and this figure is rising at a high pace. Some recent programs recently on BBC and CNBC have reinstated the fact that medical tourism is a good idea if – you want to save costs, you need the treatment to be done at your time and convenience, you need a high quality budget incorporated.