India increasingly popular for medical tourism


The demand for cheap and efficient healthcare is drawing medical tourists from western countries to India for their surgeries.

Desperate Americans, Canadians and British tourists lead the way for the growing medical tourism industry in India, but it is by no means infringing on Thailand and Singapore's increased success in the field.

Surgical procedures in India are charged at a mere fraction of the price for the same surgeries in the USA, making it much easier for uninsured families to manage expensive medical bills.

Vishal Bali, chief executive of Wockhardt Hospitals Group in Mumbai said he expects a further 45 per cent increase in American patients.

Dr Vishal already gets 900 overseas patients a year to his ten Indian hospitals.

He also feels the surgery could be better in his hospitals than in the average American one, however when the unlikely accident does happen in India, there is much less legal recourse than in America.

Other obstacles patients have to overcome before seeking India over another medical tourist hotspot are the hygiene levels, and visa bureaucracy.

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