Medical insurance for treatment in India?


According to official figures, at least 150,000 people travel from 55 countries to India for medical treatment.

These official figures are an under-estimate of the real figures of 175,000 in 2005 and over 200,000 in 2006.

Latest reports suggest up to 250,000 people will visit India in 2007 for medical treatment, and that by 2010, numbers could reach half a million, with long term potential for a million.

High quality care at a fraction of European prices is what is driving this.

In the UK alone, there are ten medical tourist agencies sending people to India, while many make their own arrangements directly with hospitals.

Last year, over 50,000 people made trips overseas for medical treatment.

Last year, Indian hospital groups urged UK health insurers to offer lower cost private medical insurances for those willing to be treated in India.

In other countries, low cost policies for those prepared to travel to a specified country, or even a specified hospital, have been launched.

Last year’s pleas seemed to fall on stony ground.

Indian health groups are renewing their pleas, suggesting that this would be one way to encourage people to buy individual private medical insurance.

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