Medical Tourism India
Visa Requirements: A valid passport and visa are required.
India is a global leader in medical tourism, and one of the world’s least expensive choices among medical tourism destinations. Focusing on heart surgery, India also attracts patients with high quality dental care, Ayurvedic spa treatments and other medical and alternative treatments.
Medical facilities at India’s leading private hospitals are excellent and state-of-the-art. Despite the country’s reputation for poverty and poor hygiene, the value for money offered here draws thousands of patients each year. Many visitors complement treatments with a stay at an ashram where they can learn how to meditate or practice yoga from experts in these ancient traditions.
Pros: The medical cost savings of having operations and treatments in India are among the best in the world, with fees between a third and 10 percent of the equivalent procedure in the US. Many doctors are trained abroad and hospitals attracting international patients are on a par with those in the west with all staff being proficient in English. In addition, India has many appealing options for recovery with costs for accommodation typically low. The Indian health and medical industry is large and boasts some well developed infrastructure, particularly in big cities such as Chennai, which support the wealthy classes.
Cons: Although India has a rich legacy of cultural sites that attract tourists, it is not practical to enjoy some of these sites while recovering. If you do venture out of a sterile hospital environment expect to be exposed to bacteria that may cause a stomach upset or worse. India gets extremely hot in the summer months, with temperatures reaching 40°C at times. During the monsoons, water-borne diseases become a problem too, so choosing a good time to visit is essential.
India actively promotes medical tourism and has many world-class hospitals. Several professional outfits offer medical tourism packages which include hospital choices, consultation, recovery plans and tourism tours, even personal minders for the frail. Popular procedures include heart surgery, hip replacements and laser eye surgery.
India offers a wide range of cosmetic surgery procedures, attracting foreign patients with affordable treatments. Mumbai has the largest panel of cosmetic surgeons in India and is a popular place for full body makeovers including facelifts. The country is known for its good results at a nominal cost in the sphere of plastic surgery.
India is well known as a popular destination for dental procedures. Dental work in India typically costs just a third of dental treatment in the US, with sometimes as much as an 80 percent saving for common treatments such as laser tooth whitening. Advanced technology and first-class treatment makes India a strong competitor against Thailand in the field of dental care.
India is also known for its ashrams and retreat centers that offer plenty of new age pursuits and ancient practices such as meditation, yoga, Ayurvedic treatments and more. Many of these practices originated in India, and experts that can otherwise be hard to find in other countries are widely available here.
India is popular for its Ayurvedic spa treatments that allegedly heal the mind and body, as well as its spa resorts which typically offer meditation and yoga, two practices in which Indians excel. Spas are scattered across the country with Ayurvedic spas concentrated in the south of India.
Medical infrastructure in India is state-of-the-art, The greatest concentration of clinics is found in Chennai, with large hospitals also available in cities like Mumbai and New Delhi. This is an overview of the major hospitals in India catering to medical tourists and what you can expect for medical care and medical facilities.
India is an enticing holiday destination, characterized by myriad cultural traditions and historical attractions spanning thousands of years. Traveling here to receive world-class medical care followed by a sightseeing holiday still costs significantly less than it would to undergo the same medical procedures in Europe or North America.