India is the leading country promoting medical tourism in the world. It is even moving into a new area of “medical outsourcing” where subcontractors aim to provide services to the overburdened medical care systems in western countries. Medical tourism to India is growing by 30% a year and t he Indian education system is churning out an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 doctors and nurses each year. India benefits from a large staff of world class experts and the ultra-competitive cost advantage it offers. While a heart surgery costs $30,000 in the US, it costs $6,000 in India. Similarly, a bone marrow transplant costs $26,000 here compared to $250,000 in the US. You can add to this that Indian doctors are among the best in the world .The various facilities in India include full body pathology, comprehensive physical and gynecological examinations, dental checkup, eye checkup, diet consultation, audiometry, spirometry, stress & lifestyle management, pap smear, digital Chest X-ray, 12 lead ECG, 2D echo colour doppler, gold standard DXA bone densitometry, body fat analysis, coronary risk markers, cancer risk markers, carotid colour doppler, spiral CT scan and high strength MRI, each test being carried out by professional M.D. physicians.
There is also a huge range of services ranging from General Radiography, Ultra Sonography, Mammography to high end services like Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Digital Subtraction Angiography along with intervention procedures, Nuclear Imaging. The diagnostic facilities offered in India are comprehensive to include Laboratory services, Imaging, Cardiology, Neurology and Pulmonology. The Laboratory services include biochemistry, hematology, microbiology, serology, histopathology, transfusion medicine and RIA. All medical investigations are conducted on the latest, technologically advanced diagnostic equipment. 1.5 lakh patients had come to the country last year and the chamber along with Indian Healthcare Federation is working with tour operators for promoting packages to attract more medical tourists. India is considered the leading country promoting medical tourism-and now it is moving into a new area of “medical outsourcing,” where subcontractors provide services to the overburdened medical care systems in western countries.
India ‘s National Health Policy declares that treatment of foreign patients is legally an “export” and deemed “eligible for all fiscal incentives extended to export earnings.”
With internationally recognised healthcare professionals, holistic medicinal services and low cost of treatment, India attracts over one million health tourists every year, according to industry body CII. The country offers a unique mix of indigenous systems such as yoga, ayurveda and meditation and western medicinal systems like allopathy.
With Indian Healthcare Federation is working with tour operators for promoting packages to attract more medical tourists. Accreditation of Indian hospitals has also attracted such tourists.