tourism in india

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.

Brief About Healthcare System and Professional Organizations in India


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.

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Pros & Cons Traveling to
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Climatic Seasons

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Tourist Spots/Cities

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    Near Delhi
    • Agra (Famous for Taj Mahal, Seven Wonders of the World)
    • Jaipur (Famous for Hawa Mahal, City Palace)
    • Rishikesh (Famous for camping, river rafting)
    • Mussoorie (Famous for sightseeing, trekking)
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    Near Mumbai
    • Alibaugh (Famous for beaches)
    • Lonavala (Famous for forts, caves, lakes, and temples)
    • Matheran (Famous for Jambol forest, lakes, temples, and forts)
    • Khandala (Famous for hill stations, forts, and lakes)
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    Near Chennai
    • Mahabalipuram (World Heritage Site)
    • Kanchipuram (Famous of silk textiles, bird watching, and sightseeing)
    • Tada Falls (Famous for waterfalls and outdoor activities)
    • Srikalahasti (Famous for temple and waterfall)
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    Near Bangalore
    • Ramanagara (Famous for camping and trekking)
    • Savandurga (Famous for camping and trekking)
    • Nandi Hills (Famous for Sunrise and Sunset views)
    • Anthargange (Famous for cave exploration and trekking)

Cuisine and Culture

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.

Best Time To Visit

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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Travel/Safety Tips For India

  • Always keep your passport and identification documents with you.
  • Avoid posing for pictures with strangers.
  • Never enter worshipping places with shoes on.
  • Stay alert all the time to avoid pickpocketing.
  • Avoid discussing religion in public.
  • Keep your valuables with you all the time and never leave stuff in the hotel room.
  • Always check on the seal of the water bottle before drinking from it.
  • Always bring a companion with you when you are on a medical trip.
  • Do not offer money or anything valuables to beggars on the road.
  • Keep your medical reports handy while traveling anywhere apart from the hospital.

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Documents You Need
To Carry/Legal Requirements

  • A valid passport and visa
  • All previous medical reports
  • Letter of recommendation from the local doctor for treatment abroad
  • Fit to fly certificate from the local doctor
  • Identity proof of the patient and the attendant
  • Acceptance letter or visa invitation letter from treating hospital
  • Contact details of the local guardian
  • Emergency contact details of someone in the home
  • Local residential proof
  • Yellow Fever vaccination certificate and Oral Polio Vaccination (OPV) Certificate (Applicable for people from Kenya, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Israel, Pakistan, Nigeria, and Somalia)

Frequently Asked Questions

+91 is the country code of India.
In that case, you can share your symptoms and major discomfort with the medical team and they will guide you about the diagnosis and/or the line of treatment.
There are a number of reasons why the cost of medical treatment in India is cheap such as lower real estate values, cheap labor, cheaper medicines, lower government taxes, and lower infrastructure cost.
Patients are required to stay in the country for at least one week or more, depending on the type of procedure that they undergo. The estimated duration of stay outside the hospital after the procedure is informed by the doctor in advance and therefore you can plan your journey accordingly. Staying in the country for a few days after the surgery is important for follow-up visits, rehabilitation, and recovery.
The best is to seek help from a medical assistance company like MediGence. They help cross-check the background of the doctor and also share information about the hospital in a transparent manner. If needed, they can also help arrange a call with the concerned doctor for personal satisfaction.
Always keep a few copies of your passport with you while traveling. Even if you lose the passport, the medical assistance company can help put you into contact with the concerned Embassy in India for an issue of a new passport.
The hospital usually shares the contact details of the doctor and arrange a telephonic or video consultation with the doctor for follow-up after the patient has returned.
The hospital usually has accommodation and meals arrangements for one attendant accompanying the patient. The family can be placed safely in a hotel nearest to the hospital.
While traveling for treatment, the patient must get a medical visa and the attendant (s) must get a medical attendant visa.
The original passport copy, a print out of the visa invitation letter, previous medical records, and 10 passport-sized photographs are required to be presented at the hospital upon arrival.
You are required to stay in a hotel nearest to the hospital after discharge. Arrangements are made by the facilitator or hospital.
The medical facilitator or the travel desk at the hospital can help you with that.

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