Medical treatment in India has gained a huge popularity and at the same time, a great momentum in the last few decades. India has, undoubtedly, evolved as one of the leading medical tourism markets in the world by gaining a global recognition through its fair medical treatment pricing, the excellent skill set of the medical professionals, and a terrific standard of care.
Cost of treatment does matter for value patients who travel to India because either the cost of treatment within their own country is expensive or their insurance does not pay for the procedure. However, the cost is hardly a matter of concern for medical tourists with no treatment or exceptional quality of care available within their own country.
A survey conducted by the University of Leeds in 2014 shows that a maximum number of patients put quality as the primary reason for selecting a particular destination. India has proved itself as the destination that offers excellent quality of healthcare strengthened by its large network of state-of-the-art hospitals and most sophisticated and advanced technology.
Healthcare in India is diverse and dates back to the era of ancient practices such as Unani, Homeopathy, Siddha, and Ayurveda. Established on a firm ground, the ancient medicine in India gradually updated its concepts derived from other systems of medicine, thanks to invasion by foreign rulers and cross-trade practices
The modern healthcare system in India comprises of the public and private sector. Even though the country constitution guarantees free healthcare to all, the healthcare system in India is largely dominated by the private sector and therefore, people have to pay most healthcare expenses out of their pocket unless they are insured.
The private healthcare sector started flourishing in India in the 1990s. Since then, there has been no looking back. The private sector has evolved not just to offer high-end and advanced diagnostic and treatment facilities to the people of India but also those traveling from abroad. Today, the private sector accounts for more than 55 percent of the hospitals and 81 percent of the doctors in the country.
A combination of competent and English-speaking medical staff, world-class facilities, cost-effectiveness, and the availability of multiple tourist attractions are some of the reasons empowering the flow of patients from abroad to India.
India is a culturally diverse country and each state has its own local cuisine and food preparation methods. The traditional food of India is globally recognized and appreciated for its use of a variety of herbs and spices. Tourists from abroad are encouraged to try the local food. However, those who are in the country to seek medical treatment should strictly stick to advise of the doctor with respect to meals and nutrition.
From the culture point of view, the country celebrates several festivals around the year, the significance of which varies from one state to the other. Make a note of any impending major festival and take it into consideration while planning your trip, especially if you are coming for medical treatment. This will help avoid rush and absence of important people who may have gone to their hometown for festivals.
The best time to visit India is between October and March. However, since the climatic and weather conditions vary greatly from North to South and West to East India, it is better to look for local variations when traveling the trip.
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