India opening its doors for medical tourism

Published on : Wednesday, May 3, 2017

medical tourismLow cost medical treatment available in India isn’t something new for tourists from other countries. Attracted by India’s world-class healthcare facilities at affordable price, more and more patients from abroad are flying down to avail medical facilities, which are too expensive in their own countries. India now seeks to scale up medical tourism by liberalising its e-visa system for most of the countries except Pakistan.

 
Over the past two years, medical and wellness tourism in the country has jumped by nearly 25%. To tap the interest among foreigners in availing of medical facilities and huge potential of the medical tourism sector, the Centre is planning to launch a wellness and medical tourism policy on International Yoga Day on June 21.

 
According to Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma, his ministry is working towards turning India into a wellness and medical tourism hub. According to reports, one in three foreign patients in India — 165,000 patients out of a total 460,000 — is from Bangladesh. After Bangladesh, a major portion of medical tourists are from Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria and Kenya.

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