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Facts and Data on Global Medical Tourism Industry >> Main Travel >> Medical Tourism >> Medical Tourism Facts and Figures

Rahul Dravid pitches for Pak tourists "...Of course, for many in Pakistan, Bangalore is not a new territory. "The advertisement is basically an invitation for the people to Rahul's home, that's Bangalore — a cool and comfortable place. The same Bangalore that played second home to little Noor Fathima. The objective is to highlight health tourism advantages in Bangalore," he said...." -  Times of India

Promoting Health And Medical Tourism In India: Health and medical tourism is perceived as one of the fastest growing segments in marketing ‘Destination India’ today. While this area has so far been relatively unexplored, we now find that not only the ministry of tourism, government of India, but also the various state tourism boards and even the private sector consisting of travel agents, tour operators, hotel companies and other accommodation providers are all eying health and medical tourism as a segment with tremendous potential for future growth. - Express Travel & Tourism

Medical tourism, the next big wave: CII ‘Medical tourism’ can contribute Rs 5,000-10,000 crore additional revenue for upmarket tertiary hospitals by 2012, according to a Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)-McKinsey joint study. - The Economic Times

Medical tourism, the next big wave: - India can attract 1m health tourists

India will with no doubt become the global health destination. It aims to replicate the Thai model, which is still the first Asian destination for International Patients.

With prices at a fraction (sometimes only 1/10th!) of those in the US or EU, the concept has broad consumer appeal – if people can overcome their prejudices about health care in developing countries The reality is that Indian private facilities offer advanced technology and high-quality procedures on par with hospitals in developed nations.

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 the 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.

Howard Staab, a 53-year-old carpenter-contractor from North Carolina, was diagnosed last year with a serious heart condition. Mr. Stabb's doctor recommended surgery as soon as possible. But he had no health insurance.

The estimate for hospital care alone was nearly $100,000. The cost for the surgeon, the cardiologist, the anesthesiologist, the radiologist, and the pathologist, along with the cost of a heart valve and prescription drugs, has brought the total up to a staggering $200,000 - assuming no complications. Howard Staab did some research and decided to go to Escorts Hospital in New Delhi, where the estimated cost was under $10,000, including airfare, surgery, and rehabilitation!

Howard Staab said, "I was apprehensive in the beginning because I had no experience with India or about the quality of care, and the situation there. But my experience was superb. From the time we arrived at the airport, Escorts (Hospital) people escorted us to the hospital, gave us excellent care. The surgeons and all the staff were extremely professional, kind and caring. Everything went very well and I was so satisfied and impressed with the care".

Most non-urgent Western patients usually get a package deal that includes flights, transfers, hotels, treatment and often a post-operative vacation. There are many brokers specialized on the Indian market.

Medical tourists are also increasingly coming as well for the renewal of Indian traditional medicine such as yoga, ayurveda and meditation and combine this with the western treatments they receive during their stay.

In Mumbai (Maharashtra), as in New Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad, private sector healthcare centres are giving birth to veritable "islands of excellence":


Kerala, a pioneer state in India, offers a wide array of treatments and medications. Extremely good facilities are available here in the traditional forms of medicine as well as in modern medical treatment and is quickly becoming an international destination, with brand new spas and resorts. It is is the one and only resort in the country where a guest can have a complete range of pathological tests, dental treatment, electro -cardiograms, stress tests, X-rays, and even sonography tests. There is even a mini-operation theatre for cosmetic surgery performed by world renowned surgeons in the field.


The state of Maharashtra is another gateway to India, with unlimited potential to develop medical tourism. The Asian Heart Institute at Bandra-Kurla Complex offers state-of-the art facilities for all types of heart complications and even offers preventive cardiological treatment to avoid heart ailments and also to keep under control a host of heart problems. This institute is in collaboration with the Cleveland Institute, USA and offers high-quality services at reasonable prices. The average price of private heart surgery in the West is $50,000. In Bombay it can be done for $10,000. The same ratio applies to joint replacement, neurosurgery and cancer treatment.

The Apollo Hospitals Group

The Apollo Hospitals Group, which hospitals are located in Located at Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad and Madurai, is today recognized as the "Architect of Healthcare" in India. Its history of accomplishments, with its unique ability of resource management and able deployment of technology and knowledge to the service of its patients, justifies its recognition in India and abroad. Their mission is "to bring healthcare of international standards within the reach of every individual".


More generally, one could say that Indian corporate hospitals excel in cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery, joint replacement, orthopedic surgery, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, transplants and urology to name a few. The various specialties covered are Neurology, Neurosurgery, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Rheumatology, Endocrinology, ENT, Pediatrics, Pediatric Surgery, Pediatric Neurology, Urology, Nephrology, Dermatology, Dentistry, Plastic Surgery, Gynecology, Pulmonology, Psychiatry, General Medicine & General Surgery.

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.





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