Medical tourism can be
broadly defined as provision of 'cost effective' private medical care
in collaboration with the tourism industry for patients needing
surgical and other forms of specialized treatment. This process is
being facilitated by the corporate sector involved in medical care as
well as the tourism industry - both private and public.
Medical or Health tourism
has become a common form of vacationing, and covers a broad spectrum
of medical services. It mixes leisure, fun and relaxation together
with wellness and healthcare.
The idea of the health
holiday is to offer you an opportunity to get away from your daily
routine and come into a different relaxing surrounding. Here you can
enjoy being close to the beach and the mountains. At the same time you
are able to receive an orientation that will help you improve your
life in terms of your health and general well being. It is like
rejuvenation and clean up process on all levels - physical, mental and
Many people from the
developed world come to India for the rejuvenation promised by yoga
and Ayurvedic massage, but few consider it a destination for hip
replacement or brain surgery. However, a nice blend of top-class
medical expertise at attractive prices is helping a growing number of
Indian corporate hospitals lure foreign patients, including from
developed nations such as the UK and the US.
As more and more patients
from Europe, the US and other affluent nations with high medicare
costs look for effective options, India is pitted against Thailand,
Singapore and some other Asian countries, which have good hospitals,
salubrious climate and tourist destinations. While Thailand and
Singapore with their advanced medical facilities and built-in medical
tourism options have been drawing foreign patients of the order of a
couple of lakhs per annum, the rapidly expanding Indian corporate
hospital sector has been able to get a few thousands for treatment.
But, things are going to
change drastically in favour of India, especially in view of the high
quality expertise of medical professionals, backed by the fast
improving equipment and nursing facilities, and above all, the
cost-effectiveness of the package.
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