Medical Tourism is the travel of people to another country for the purpose of obtaining medical treatment in that country.Traditionally people would travel from less developed countries to major medical centers in highly developed countries for medical treatment that was unavailable in their own communities
Medical tourism, alternatively called health tourism and wellness tourism, is a term that has risen from the rapid growth of an industry where people from all around the world are traveling to other countries to obtain medical, dental, and surgical care while at the same time touring, vacationing, and fully experiencing the attractions of the countries that they are visiting. It is a silent revolution that has been sweeping the healthcare landscape of India for almost a decade. With countries like India, Mexico, Singapore, Brazil, Argentina, Greece, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Peru, Hungary, Israel, Jordan, Lithuania, Malaysia, South Africa, Thailand and the Philippines actively promoting it, its future is sure to be bright. The domestic medical industry in India is trying all out to grab its pie from the evolving global health bazaar.
Tourism system is the framework that identifies tourism as being made up of a number of components, often taken to include the tourist, the tourist generating region, the transit route region, the tourist destination and the tourism industry.
As could be noted above, medical tourists move from originating regions (say, countries of their regular residence) to destination regions (where healthcare is available). The transit refers to both the actual mode and trajectory of transportation used for this movement as well as the constraining and facilitating forces in the international travel. A destination is a medical tourism destination not just because of the healthcare facility.
According to the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), India is unique as it offers holistic medicinal services. With yoga, meditation, ayurveda, allopathy, and other systems of medicines, India offers a unique basket of services to an individual that is difficult to match by other countries, says CII. Also, clinical outcomes in India are at par with the world’s best centers, besides having internationally qualified and experienced specialists.
While a large number of the private hospitals in India are willing to provide medical treatment to patients irrespective of nationality, only a few are in the forefront of promoting the health-hospitality mix. Some of the corporate hospitals in India that lead the medical tourism revolution are:
Apart from the private players, public sector hospitals like All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has been receiving patients from over 16 countries including European nations and there is a steady increase in the number of patients, mainly for complex surgical procedures. The AIIMS has also initiated a dedicated International Healthcare Service team, which will take care of the patient right from arrival till their departure coordinating all aspects of medical treatment.
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|Ecotourism||Joint replacement||Elderly care programs|
|Community Tourism||Cardiothoracic services||Counseling services|
|Herbal Treatments||Diagnostic services|
|Complementary Healing||Reproductive treatment|
As a part of medical tourism, India is recognized as the cradle for test tube babies and is popular for surrogacy services. Over than these, India offers high-tech cardiac, paediatric, dental, cosmetic and orthopaedic surgical services as well as the traditional healing systems. The medical tourism definitely does not cater to emergency services. The services provided are largely knee joint replacement, hip replacement (mostly orthopaedic), bone marrow transplant, bypass surgery and cosmetic surgery etc. Hospitals also advertise for preventive health checkups for family members accompanying the patients in addition to alternative medicine services.
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