Medical tourism in India and is projected to grow at a rate of $7-8 billion by 2020. This attracts a large number of international tourists to India and acts as a major foreign exchange earner. Apart from receiving good medical treatment, tourists also get to enjoy recuperative holidays across the country.
India also provides superior medical facilities in various domains like cosmetic surgery, dental care, cardiology, general surgeries, knee replacements, eye surgeries, and various other traditional healing practices like ayurvedic therapies and other herbal treatments.
According to a Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) report titled “India Services Sector - A Multi-trillion Dollar Opportunity for Global Symbiotic Growth 2017” stated that the presence of world-class hospitals and skilled medical professionals has strengthened India’s position as a preferred destination for medical tourism. Treatment for major surgeries in India costs only a fraction, in some cases as low as 10% of that in developed countries. The data also stated that majority of the patients who come to India for treatment are from West Asia, Africa, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Maldives, Pakistan, Bhutan and Sri Lanka. India’s cost advantage will significantly open doors to the US and Europe over future, due to lower cost than the US and almost half that of Europe.”
The report also stated that India provides competitive cost advantage at one tenth of the cost of the US and Europe. By 2020, medical tourism industry of India is expected to touch $8 billion.
Chennai, Mumbai, Goa, Bangalore, Delhi, Vellore, Hyderabad and Alleppey are among the top places to visit for medical tourism in India. Various packages are offered by various medical tourist service providers for orthopedic surgery, cosmetic surgery, dental care, cancer treatment, organ transplant, neuro-spine, ENT and others.