The Medical Tourism Industry: An Opportunity for India

Posted on March 7, 2012 in Travel

By Shilpa Naraini:

“India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend and the great-grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.”
                                                                                                          -Mark Twain

It’s no longer India but ‘Incredible India’ that is experiencing heights in the growth of the tourism industry since 2001. The ministry of tourism and cultures proved in the recent years that it is not only ‘unity in diversity’ in India that has magnetized tourists from all over the world, but more than that.

In order to boost different kinds of tourism globally conducted Campaigning of ‘Incredible India’ projected India as an attractive tourist destination by showcasing different aspects of Indian culture and history like yoga, spirituality, etc. Not only pilgrimage tourism, but India with its rich diversity has lot more to offer in its plate to tourists. It was also taken in to record that foreign tourists spend more in India than almost any other country worldwide.

Among all kinds of tourism, Medical Tourism has won the race with over-the-globe appreciation and making it a part of national industry. India has become the medical destination for millions of tourists from all over the world.  Internationally-recognized healthcare professionals, holistic medicinal services with the availability of latest medical technologies, low cost of treatment, unique mix of indigenous system such as yoga, ayurveda, meditation and western medicinal systems like allopath, all have added stars to the industry.

As per the tourist’s convenience, medical tourism also offers packages like Health Tourism India, Dental Care Package India, Cosmetic Treatment Package India, Heart Surgery Package India, Orthopaedic Surgery Package India, Heart Care Package India, Health Check Up India  include cardiac care, joint replacements, cancer care, kidney and liver transplants, neurological ailments, minimal access surgery, dental implants and cosmetic surgery. Major hospital groups in India include Fortis Escorts, Apollo Hospitals, Medanta-The Medicity, Max Healthcare and Manipal Hospitals estimated augmentation in the foreign patients since 2010.

The nation’s charm, Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev, has also gained popularity by ailing millions of people, not only in India, but outside the country too. His dedication in teaching yoga has brought miraculous achievements in the medical world and sciences, and has given new ways and meanings to life and personal health. Apart from running yoga classes all over world, he also provides free ayurvedic consultancy, in the premises of yogpeeth.

Recently, the Ruby Hall Clinic was also awarded for the Best Medical Tourism Facility in the country. The President Pratibha Patil handed over the award, conferred by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, on the 29th of February.

Remarkable efforts by the government, as well as the highly-capable doctors, have been responsible for the industry’s substantial contribution to the nation’s GDP, and are thus aiding economic growth. Indian tourism industry contributes to around 5.9 percent of the country’s GDP and it provides employment to around 41.8 million of inhabitants. This only goes on to re-affirm the great progress tourism in India has made, and how hospitality in the country has accelerated its overall development.