India holds high promise in medical tourism by 2020

Published on : Tuesday, November 29, 2016

medical-tourismA pioneer in the Indian healthcare industry, Apollo Hospitals opened its 66th hospital. Dr. Prathap C. Reddy, Chairman – Apollo Hospitals Groups said in an exclusive interview that the healthcare system in India is facing challenges for rapid urbanization, increasing population, increasing rates of emerging and re-emerging infections and non-communicable diseases.

Gaps in healthcare workforce, decreasing investments in education and workforce migration have added to the pressure in public health system. India needs almost 330,000 public health trainees to fill the staff gap in the community and primary health care centers. The medical industry in India has seen a wonderful growth of 12% per year in the last five years. The hospitals in India today provide advanced medical facilities and specialized treatments, qualified doctors at affordable costs. Proper marketing and promotion needs to be done for making it a global destination for high quality medical care at reasonable costs.

India needs simplified visa procedures, more value-added services, competitive pricing policies, enhancement of quality healthcare services and look into security measures. World-class hospitals along with skilled medical professionals make India a chosen destination for medical tourism and India’s earnings from medical tourism could exceed USD $8 billion by 2020. Mr. Reddy said that Apollo is committed to take high quality healthcare closer to every individual and make India a preferred place for advanced medical care at best optimized cost. Moreover, to stay ahead in the race, healthcare professionals need the best resources to help them shine in their professional career.

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