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Governments promoting Medical Tourism for Citizen
NRIs and tourists from around the world are beginning to realize the potential
of modern and traditional Indian medicine. Indian hospitals and medical establishments
have also realized the potential of this niche market and have begun to tailor
their services for foreign visitors. At a regional geo-political level, this
nascent industry came to limelight with the arrival of 'Naby Noor' from Pakistan,
who came by the Indo-Pak bus service and got a red-carpet treatment at hospital
in Bangalore. Several Indian state governments have realized the potential of
this 'industry' and have been actively promoting it. Visitors, especially from
the west and the middle-east find Indian hospitals a very affordable and viable
option to grappling with insurance and National medical systems in their native
lands. Many prefer to combine their treatments with a visit to the 'exotic east'
with their families, killing two birds with one stone. You may also visit our
health sections at Ayurveda,
or Yoga or the Sitemap
Source: Outlook India
Articles on Medical Tourism
‘Obamacare’ and Medical Tourism in India - As millions of uninsured Americans begin signing up for health insurance plans now being offered through the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”), much news has been made about how India’s pharmaceutical industry stands to profit from increased U.S. demand for generic drugs. But there’s another way India might benefit as well: medical tourism. Medical procedures cost far less abroad than they do in America’s notoriously expensive health-care system. For example, a hip replacement that costs $75,000 in the United States runs only $9,000 in India, while a heart-valve replacement in India costs only 10 percent of what it does in the United States. Even when one factors in the cost of airfare and four-star hotel lodging for the patient and a companion, the savings are eye-popping.Even prior to the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, some American employers were already encouraging medical tourism in order to keep costs down. HSM, a North Carolina-based manufacturer of furniture and auto parts, has saved millions of dollars over the years by giving employees the option to go overseas for surgery (Source:theaerogram.com)
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to Venture into Medical Tourism -
The latest buzzword in Kerala is medical tourism with
the state government appearing to have cracked the
winning combination of fun and well. Tourists like
50-year-old Clay Andersson from Carolina have already
experienced the boon of Kerala's medical tourism.
Side Trips for 'Medical Tourists' - Affordable
Care at India's Private Hospitals Draws Growing Number
" Howard Staab learned that he suffered from
a life-threatening heart condition and would have
to undergo surgery at a cost of up to $200,000 --
an impossible sum for the 53-year-old carpenter from
Durham, N.C., who has no health insurance."
So he outsourced the job to India." Taking his
cue from cost-cutting U.S. businesses, Staab last
month flew about 7,500 miles to the Indian capital,
where doctors at the Escorts Heart Institute &
Research Centre -- a sleek aluminum-colored building
across the street from a bicycle-rickshaw stand --
replaced his balky heart valve with one harvested
from a pig. Total bill: about $10,000, including round-trip
airfare and a planned side trip to the Taj Mahal.
- Quality medical treatment at low cost, coupled with
great traveling experience is possibly the perfect
way to recover from any medical ailment. Medical treatment
is a costly affair in developed nations that has made
patients from these countries think twice before undergoing
any medical treatment in their own country. As such,
they find it more beneficial to avail treatment in
foreign countries offering similar and even better
medical services at a far more economical cost.
Medical Tourism for cost savings-
The National Coalition on Health Care reports about
500,000 Americans traveled overseas last year to undergo
surgeries that would have cost two to three times
more in the United States. Medical tourism has risen
in the last few years, with U.S.
is India most suitable? :
As Indian corporate hospitals are on par, if not better
than the best hospitals in Thailand, Singapore, etc
there is scope for improvement, and the country may
become a preferred medical destination. In addition
to the increasingly top class medical care, a big
draw for foreign patients is also the very minimal
or hardly any waitlist as is common in European or
American hospitals. In fact, priority treatment is
provided today in Indian hospitals. The Apollo Group, Escorts Hospitals in New Delhi and Jaslok Hospitals in Mumbai are to name a few which are established names even abroad. A list of corporate hospitals such as Global Hospitals, CARE and Dr L.V. Prasad Eye Hospitals in Hyderabad, The Hindujas and NM Excellence in Mumbai, also have built capabilities and are handling a steadily increasing flow of foreign patients.
: Elective surgery in India? Medical tourism is booming,
and U.S. companies trying to contain health-care costs
are starting to take notice.
People come from all over to save
on health care in India and it is not dissimilar to Americans traveling to
the Caribbean staying in Cancun hotels of in Punta Cana Dominican Republic for elective surgeries. People seeking to cut health care costs
often travel to India and Latin America.
World's preferred healthcare destination
:With an estimated 1.7 lakh foreigners already flying
to India for medical treatment annually, the country
is poised to capture the fast-growing market for off-shore
health care and help solve the crisis of surging medical
costs in the developed world.
The Americans, the British, the Canadians, they are
all coming. The tourist attraction: a hospital
after it was featured in the American TV programme
60 Minutes, e-mails began hitting the inbox
of Delhi's Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, seconds apart
from each other. From Illinois, Florida, Washington,
Texas, New Mexico, California, Oregon, Oklahoma, Tennessee,
Virginia, from British Columbia and Alberta, Canada.
Curious, hopeful or frankly desperate, they were all
looking for deals, asking prices, checking out packages:
what will a new hip cost, by itself, and with bigger
breasts thrown in? What about a package for two -
a facelift for me, Lasik eye surgery for my companion?
How much for a bridge, a root canal, ivf, angioplasty,
gastric bypass surgery.... This is my budget, what
can I get for it?
Adventure And Surgery? (CBS)
This summer, millions headed out to foreign lands
for vacation, adventure, tourism, or just a beautiful
beach. But how about hip surgery or a multiple bypass
or a facelift? A growing number of tourists are doing
just that, combining holidays with health care, and
that's because a growing number of countries are offering
first-rate medical care at Third-World prices. Many
of these medical tourists can't afford health care
at home (the 40 million uninsured Americans, for example).
Others are going for procedures not covered by their
insurance: cosmetic surgery or infertility treatment,
tourism likely to become India's next big success
U.S. businesses and insurance companies are outsourcing
health care services to the developing world as a
way to reduce health spending. Details
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Passage to India for Medical Treatment: ·
Growing numbers of foreign patients, including uninsured
Americans, are going to India for medical treatment.
Proponents say the health care is comparable to much
that is available in the United States, and at a far
lower cost... (by Miranda Kennedy, All Things Considered,
NPR; March 26, 2005); Stating... "It looks
like a hospital": Medical Tourism in India
singh blogs on the program: on NPR: A growing
number of Europeans are going to India to get medical
treatment, including advanced surgery. This story
has a Canadian man who needed a knee replacement,
but was told that it would take a year before the
operation could be performed in Canada. He was able
to fly to India, have the operation done, and stay
for 21 days in the hospital, all for $8000. He used
Apollo Hospitals, which is aggressively marketing
itself for just this sort of thing. But apparently
India doesn't have a licensing system for this type
of private hospital (is that really true?), and only
a a small number of European and North American insurance
companies currently recognize them. The story suggests
that India could generate revenues of $2 Billion USD
this way by 2012. But again, it will only happen if
the government invests in certain infrastructure improvements;
one potential patient (this could be apocryphal) was
so horrified by what he saw between the airport and
the hospital that he decided not to get treatment
in India after all.
Tourism: India is turning out to be a top
destination for patients and travellers worldwide.
With its state of the art hospitals and highly quailified
UK-US trained doctors, it will soon transform into
the worldwide medical hub.
Heart Association Encourages Mitral Valve Surgery
after Pressure from Indian Doctors
Many elderly patients have traveled to India for mitral
valve surgery after being turned away by US doctors
because of their perceived risk.
Medical/Health Tourism Service Sector Network Report:
Asia Pro Eco Programme is a five years programme launched
by European Union in 2002. The report also references
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Medical tourism pros consider impact of healthcare reform:
The global medical tourism marketplace had already been slowed by the recession when President Obama signed health care reform into law in March. The new legislation sent the industry into a stall as it scrambled to figure out how extending insurance coverage to an estimated 30 million Americans might change the medical travel landscape.
to prominent service providers
service providers include:
India Institute of Medical Science - Delhi AIIMSâ€™
contribution in the fields of medical education, research
and specialized treatment is widely acknowledged.
Hospital - DelhiThe Apollo Heart Hospitals have
eight state-of-the-art cath labs. Plain balloon angioplasty,
directional coronary arthectomy, rotablatory coronary
artery stenting. Others :Apollo Cancer Hospital, Apollo
Hospital in Hyderabad.
Heart Research Centre B.M. Birla Heart Research
Centre in Calcutta is a super speciality hospital
dedicated exclusively to the diagnosis, treatment
and research related to cardiovascular diseases. It
has established itself as Indiaâ€™s most advanced heart
Medical College Vellore The Christian Medical
College & Hospital, Vellore occupies a prominent
placeamong medical institutions in India and in the
world as a 1,700-bed multicampus complex that is a
vital, diverse, interdenominational community.
Heart Institute and Research Centre (EHIRC), New
Delhi, ranked as the best cardiac hospital in India.
Memorial HospitalTata Memorial Hospital is located
at Dr. Ernest Borges Marg, Parel, in the Central District
of Mumbai, a short taxi ride from the local stations,
the hospital has private and deluxe rooms.
Cancer Hospital Chennai Appolo Cancer Hospital,
Chennai is the first hospital in the country to be
awarded the ISO 9002 certificate.
Medical Corporation There are many feathers in
Indiaâ€™s cap. Indraprastha Medical Corporation in Delhi
is Indiaâ€™s first corporate hospital and the third
largest corporate hospital outside the USA.
of Cardiovascular Diseases The Institute of Cardiovascular
Diseases in Chennai has gained a reputation for being
one of the most advanced centers in the world.
Hinduja National Hospital & Medical Reserch Centre
The main objective is bringing to India well qualified
and experienced doctors from USA to upgrade the expertise
of HNH doctors, and to ensure co-operation in research
and pursue joint projects in the fields of: Coronary
artery disease, Osteoporosis and Asthma.
India's most trusted medical tourism facilitator,
promoted and managed by the professionals from the
healthcare industry. Mediminds provides turnkey solutions
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Governments promoting Medical Tourism for Citizen
Government: In Canada Ontario Health Insurance
Plan (OHIP) will pay in full for health services
outside Canada if the patient gets written authorization
from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care before
the treatment is given, and the treatment is generally
accepted in Ontario, and the treatment or an equivalent
procedure is not performed in Ontario or the treatment
is performed in Ontario but it is necessary that the
person travel outside Canada to avoid a delay that
would result in death or medically significant irreversible
tissue damage. In order to obtain consideration for
full funding of treatment outside Canada your Ontario
physician must apply to the ministry for prior approval
while you are in Ontario, before you receive out-of-country
treatment. For more information visit:Ontario
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
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of India Promoting Medical tourism to India:
India is a perfect destination for medical tourism
that combines health treatment with visits to some
of the most alluring and awe-inspiring places of the
world. A growing number of tourists are flocking in
large numbers because of the superlative medical care,
equipments and facilities that India offers. India
excels in providing quality and cheap health care
services to overseas tourists. The field has such
lucrative potential that it can become a $2.3 billion
business by 2012, states a study by Confederation
of Indian Industry (CII). In 2004, some 150,000 foreigners
visited India for treatment, and the numbers have
been rising by 15 per cent each year.
Where & What of Medical Tourism
has a long tradition of medical tourism, going back to
the water cures of the spas, where the healing mineral
waters offered miracle cures for all known diseases. Private
Swiss clinics, looking to lure the new capitalists of
Eastern Europe, have placed ads in Swissair's in-flight
magazine with the slogan "Get well in Switzerland."
In 1997, medical tourism brought Switzerland over 25,000
patients and US$340 million, and through expanded publicity
campaigns, the Swiss clinics are trying to expand this
already lucrative market.
physicians, relying on their nation's reputation for
quality and efficiency, and using the slogan "Healthcare
made in Germany," are looking for wealthy patients
from Eastern Europe and the Middle East. To make it
easier, travel agents offer package deals, arranging
for visas, transportation, and translators. The agencies
will even make appointments with physicians, and help
with the check-in procedures at hospitals.
Eastern Europe, Lithuania is also offering medical services.
International Medical Services, with offices in Santa
Ana, California, advertises: "Consider this: a
world-class hospital, an experienced professional doctor,
complete privacy and an IMS representative by your side
whenever requested; plus full body Liposuction and a
Face Lift â€“ this whole package for only $8000!"
Cape Doctor, in Cape Town, South Africa, lists on its
website the wide-ranging procedures it offers: "cosmetic
& reconstructive surgery; maxillo facial & oral
surgery; urology surgery; renal disease & kidney
dialysis; dialysis (regular and holiday services); kidney
transplants (family); orthopaedic surgery; general &
vascular surgery; gynaecology surgery, gynae oncology
and paediatric gynaecology; ear, nose & throat surgery
including cosmetic rhinoplasty & botox therapy;
fertility surgery; ophthalmic and cataract surgery."
to home, Costa Rican surgeons offer a variety of cosmetic
procedures, including tummy tucks and full dental restorations,
all at bargain prices, and Barbados offers infertility
treatments. In the Far East, meanwhile, Malaysia promotes
Lasik eye surgery.
any standards, the country with the lead in medical
tourism has been Thailand.
article on Medhunters.com)
U.S. patients boldly go where medical tourists have
gone before - Back surgery in Bangkok? Rhinoplasty
in Rio? CT scans in Singapore? In recent years, a
few intrepid pioneers made headlines by circumventing
the exorbitant U.S. health care system to receive
major medical treatment abroad at a fraction of the
cost at home. Some of the first high-profile cases
sought treatment at Bangkok's premier Bumrungrad Hospital,
the subject of a 60 Minutes profile and an earlier
Employee Benefit News article. Now sharp entrepreneurs
have established medical tourism agencies to make
cutting-edge and cut-rate medicine a reality for increasing
numbers of Americans. The companies have vetted hospitals
and forged relationships with providers in India,
Thailand, Singapore and elsewhere to offer consumers,
insurers and employers savings as much as 80% off
major medical procedures. Detailed article on employeebenefitadviser.com
tourism: What are your options?-
Today, more and more Americans are heading overseas
for expensive surgeries to save on the rising cost
of health care in the United States. Meanwhile, many
employers who sponsor self-insured group health plans
are also interested in outsourcing medical procedures
to foreign countries in order to reduce or control
But is medical tourism a serious long-term option
for employees and businesses in the United States?
Detailed article on benefitnews.com
attract 1m health tourists
internationally recognised healthcare professionals, holistic
medicinal services and low cost of treatment, India can
attract 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. This, along with world class experts
and the cost advantage, can help attract over a million
patients and earn $5 billion every year, a CII release
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, the release
said adding that India should leverage its competitive
strength to promote medical tourism.
About 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.
CII and IHCF would also suggest a list of reputed hospitals
in major cities with details of service and an indicative
uniform price band in major specialities, it said. This
would facilitate foreign patients seeking treatment in
the country, the release said.
Citing the example of Thailand, CII said India should
aggressively publicise its traditional medicinal system
and health services in association with the tourism authorities.
However, the country would have to improve its healthcare
infrastructure, connectivity between major cities and
streamline immigration procedure for medical visitors,
CII said. Accreditation of Indian hospitals is also essential
for attracting such tourists, it added.