Medical tourism

Medical tourism is a rapidly growing sector in India. Advantages of medical treatment in India include reduced costs, the availability of latest medical technologies and a growing compliance on international quality standards, as well as the fact that foreigners are less likely to face a language barrier in India. The Indian government has also made travel for medical tourism more easy in recent times. Language translators are also more easily available to make communication with foreigners easy. The prediction of medical tourists that will be visiting India in 2015 is 3,200,000.

The city of Chennai is popularly and rightly called India’s health capital. This is due to the availability of many multi- and super-specialty hospitals across the city. Chennai attracts about 45 percent of health tourists from abroad and 40 percent of domestic health tourists.

Sports injuries are very common during athletic and sporting activities and have been one of the most important conditions for which patients travel for treatment. The cost estimates in India are nearly one fourth to one tenth of the price of comparable treatment in the United States of America or the United Kingdom. As per ‘Patients beyond borders’, you save 65-90% of your expenses in the USA or UK when you get operated in India. Also more advanced treatment methodologies are available with respect to certain injuries (eg., stem cell treatment for cartilage injuries).

The surgery is done at an NABH-accredited hospital. After the surgery, the patients can be discharged and can recuperate at a paid hotel accommodation nearby. The patients also have the option of continuing treatment through telemedicine from their own country.

The cost comparison among hospitals in the USA, UK, Thailand and at our centre (CARE sports injury) have been tabulated here.

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