Medical tourism is now an emerging trend in India

Published on : Thursday, April 26, 2018

medical tourismGone are the days when Indians would travel the world in search of advanced remedies for their ailments. In fact, it is the other way around these days. The world is coming to India.  India has become the hottest stop on the medical tourism landscape.



And why is it so, you rightfully ask? Well, not only to make use of the affordable, world-class healthcare facilities available in the country, but also to benefit greatly from aspects such as yoga and Ayurveda, two disciplines native to India. India is no longer a cost saving destination, but a destination of choice for those seeking treatment.



The exotic nature of India is an additional draw for many of these tourists. Many travellers club their medical journey with the spiritual experience that is synonymous with India. They are enriched not merely by visiting landmarks and landscapes that they have only heard descriptions of, but also because India is making quick strides when it comes to healthcare.



Today, it is estimated that more than half a million visitors come to India every year for treatment. From cardiology to eye care to hip replacements, patients can avail world class healthcare across different medical disciplines. One of these sectors is hair transplant and treatment. Hair transplant is quickly becoming a sought after reason to visit India.



To Dr.Sonawane, MD- Hair Transplant Surgeon, PG Diploma in Trichology & Managing Director at Bloom Hair Transplant, the future is one filled with promise and much potential.“More and more residents living in Europe and North America are discovering the benefits of healthcare in India,” he said. “The hair transplant sector has picked up as well. The number of patients I treat in this branch is growing exponentially every year.”



Indeed, this medical tourism boom, and, in particular, the heightened interest in hair transplants, is based on the fact that India now offers specialised healthcare, leading edge treatment and also fabulous post-operative care, at par with any other part of the world. There has been a conscious effort in making India a tourism destination of choice, by enhancing the facilities and amenities that constitute its healthcare and also, by training professionals involved in the same.



As promising as this sector is, here’s a word of warning for patients seeking hair treatment in India. “Choosing a cheaper hair-care alternative by compromising on the quality is never a beneficial option,” Dr. Sonawane said. “It is unfair for both the industry and the patient who may not get the treatment he/she rightfully needs!”




Travellers must remember to carry out comprehensive research and analysis before they decide to undergo any treatment in India. It’s always ideal to find out the track record of the medical practitioners before travelling half way across the world. As with any industry around the world, not every institution may be as adept in hair transplant as others.




Medical tourism is not only here to stay, but thriving in the long haul. It is believed that by 2020, Medical Tourism may become a $9 million industry overall. In India’s case, it will be a great source of revenue in the months and years that follow. Opportunity abounds and a world of treatment awaits every single international patient.




Dr.Sonawane sums it up perfectly- “If its expert hair transplant facilities you seek, India is where you need to be. Come, enjoy the spirituality of India and leave with a luscious head of hair at a value you won’t believe!”



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