Medical Tourism in India; an overview.

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Medical Tourism

People go to a health care facility not only for seeking treatment but also for regular health check up which help them in early identification of any serious illness that can affect their health condition. There is a growing trend in people travelling from other countries to India in search treatment. 


Some of the reason behind this trend is …


  • Quality Health Care Services
  • More number hospitals with state-of-the-art facilities.
  • Highly Qualified and Experienced Health Care Professionals.
  • More Number of Accredited Hospitals : National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Health Care Providers (NABH),  Joint Commission International (JCI).
  • Less Expensive Treatments – Medical and Surgery.
  • Well connected flights with International Hubs.
  • Popularity of English in India, English is an official language and widely spoken. 


Medical Tourism refers to people travelling to a country other than their own to obtain a medical treatment (Wikipedia).


India on Tourism Map

India is on the Third position after Malaysia and Thailand on World Medical Tourism Map. The main cities in India where foreigners comes for medical treatment are Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Noida, Vellore, Thiruvananthapuram , Ahmedabad, Cochin, Bangalore, Noida. The list is incomplete, for example, in Kerala where there are so many Ayurveda Hospitals , which provides treatment for Parkinsonism, Dementia and Stroke and so on. Chennai is known as ‘India’s Health Capital’.

Common Procedures Done

There are beneficiaries for both medical and surgical procedures.


Common treatments done are as follows.

  • Orthopedic Surgery:  Total Knee Replacement (TKR), Total Hip Replacement (THR)
  • Cardiovascular Surgery : Valve Replacement, Bypass Heart Surgery, Heart Transplantation.
  • Cosmetic Surgery: Facial, Breast , Liposuction.
  • Organ Transplantation
  • Oncology Treatment
  • Eye Surgery
  • Stroke Treatment
  • Weight Reduction Surgery : Bariatric Surgery, Gastric Banding.


Beneficiaries of Medical Tourism is India 

People from different parts of world comes to India for treatment.

Top Nations are as follows.


  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Russia
  • Bangladesh
  • Afghanistan 
  • Nepal
  • Maldives
  • Republic of Korea
  • Nigeria and Other African Countries 

International Conference and Exhibition on Health Tourism

The event is organized by Confederation of  Indian Industry(CII). Theme for the conference is Your Destination for Good Health”. Conference is on 17 and 18 November 2017 at The Raviz Resort and Spa, Kadavu, Calicut, Kerala. 

The aim is to promote medical tourism in Kerala – creating awareness and getting the stakeholders together to promote Kerala as best destination for health Tourism.

International Conference
International Conference
Suggested session topics for the summit are:

  • Policy Initiatives to promote Health Tourism
  • Infection Control and It’s Impact in Medical Tourism
  • Medical Value Travel – mainstreaming Ayurveda and Dental Tourism
  • Need for High Class Infrastructure in Attracting Medical Tourism
  • Challenges in Healthcare Insurance in Medical Tourism
  • Sharing the best practices from Neighboring states and countries