For medical tourists coming to India, Govt all prepared to introduce SOPs for safe passage

Published on : Tuesday, August 25, 2020

India’s healthcare sector and government are working in tandem on standard operating procedures (SOPSs) to provide safe passage for the tourists coming to the country for medical reasons.

The central government is in the process of planning numerous air-bubble arrangements. These are expected to get boosted in the coming days. The Indian government has started working out bilateral or tripartite travel bubbles or corona bubble agreements that would permit citizens of other countries to enter the member nations, the Business Standard reported.

The healthcare industry is hopeful that medical tourists will start thronging from October-November onwards.

India was on third position as the third most preferred tourism destination in 2015 when the industry was worth $3 billion, as per the report of tourism ministry. This year, country was estimated to reach $9 billion (around Rs 70,000 crore).

Nevertheless, in 2020, things went downward after the outbreak of COVID-19. Kapil Banga, analyst with ICRA, said in a publication that from medical tourists, big corporate chains are possible to earn almost 10-12 per cent of their revenues as these players constitute a majority of the medical tourists.

For medical tourists, the average revenue per occupied bed (ARPOB) is quite high as they come to the country for critical care treatments. The top three countries from where medical tourists come in large numbers to India are Bangladesh, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

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