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India Attracting Patients for Medical Tourism

July 11, 2014 Destination Global, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Think India and you focus on the Taj, Bollywood, millions of people and of course Vindaloo (nice and hot!!) To most people Medical Tourism wouldn’t even be on their radar.

The Australia India Travel and Tourism Council (AITTC) earlier this week called its team of tourism heavyweights together in Sydney to endorse and promote Medical Tourism to Indiaunnamed (5)

Many Asian countries have these packages high on their agenda and because of the wait list for surgery in Australia the USA and some European countries people are opting for the lower cost and easier option of an overseas trip and a bonus holiday while you’re at it.

Trained as a medical practitioner in some of India’s finest institutions and now resident in Australia, key-note speaker, Dr Hemani Thukral, declares there has been a huge role reversal.  “A couple of decades ago, Indian people with medical problems would go to Europe or the USA for complicated surgery, now it is the other way around” she said.

Research shows around seven million people fly internationally each year searching for quality and affordable medical care sparking an industry that is worth a staggering $US40 billion. India is currently considered one of the global leaders in medical tourism with an annual growth of 30% and a projected value of $US 2billion by next year.

Dr Thukral, Managing Director of MyMedicalChoices has recently been appointed as Director Medical Tourism for AITTC and during her unnamed (6)presentation outlined the benefits of travelling to India.

Cost benefits, example;- An Australian patient who required heart valve surgery was on an eight month waiting list at home faced a $60,000 bill because he had no health insurance.  He had successful surgery in India. This plus airfares, accommodation and a holiday for $20,000. This very happy man was featured on Australian Story.  Other benefits include immediate availability, state of the art private hospitals and diagnostic facilities, advanced technology, an internationally trained workforce of doctors and nurses and a knowledge and understanding of a diverse range of cultures and personal needs and a great command of English.

Overcoming the mystery of a country, having confidence in a system you are not familiar with, the reluctance of health insurance companies to include medical travel in their coverage are some of the concerns patients have but  the positives far outweigh the pitfalls according to AITTC members.

“AITTC’s goal is to facilitate travel between Australia and India and vice versa by providing a platform for industry and its stakeholders to connect” said Chairman of AITTC Sandip Hor.

“Direct Air India flights between Sydney and Melbourne to Delhi, the availability of a range of international standard hotels and the opportunity to visit some of the hot spots in Incredible India is good news for the Australian market”, said VibhavaTripathi, Assistant Director, India Tourism, Sydney.

http://www.mymedicalchoices.com.au

http://www.aittc.net.au

http://www.airindia.com/

Written by : John savage

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