Medical tourism attracts foreigners to India


In the past people associated India with rope tricks and snake charmers. However, things have changed. India now offers superior quality medical tourism. It embraces conventional disciplines with alternate as well as traditional medicine. Each of these have their followers. The facilities include dental care, cosmetic surgery, elective surgery and fertility treatment. Many tourists come for other health care needs. These are cancer treatments, transplants and cardiac surgery. Cost savings can range from 65% and go up to 90%. Patients receive quality care from doctors trained abroad. Incidentally, India has a rich cultural heritage. It also has a wide of variety of food to tickle the palate. There are also famous tourist destinations. Hence, these add up to attractive packages. The doctors are skilled and the cost of treatment is relatively cheap. Moreover, the government also simplified its visa rules to ensure a hassle-free stay.

Americans flood into India for health treatment. [Image source/ YouTube video]

India is a favorite destination

In 2015, India was the third most popular destination for medical tourism. The number of foreign tourists who came on medical visas was around 234,000. Over the next two years, the number grew to more than 495,056. This is as per official government figures. In order to encourage medial tourism, modified visa rules came up. They had provisions of medical and medical attendant visas. India has a lot to offer in the field. Increase in the number of visitors is proof that people have benefited from the treatments.

That’s why foreigners come to India for treatment – Russian media. [Image source/ YouTube video]

Traditional Indian healthcare practices

Ayurveda, yoga, Unani, Siddha and homeopathy come in the category of traditional Indian health practices. Hence, efforts are on to promote these alternate medicines. It will help to increase the numbers of medical tourists. Ayurveda is an ancient Hindu system of medicine. It relies on herbal treatment and yogic breathing. Next comes Siddha and Unani. These try to establish harmony between the mind and body. The origins of Siddha are in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, while Unani traces its roots to the time of ancient Greece.

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