Among the Asian countries, India has become a major medical tourism destination, as it offers not only cheap but also sophisticated healthcare services, Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss said Wednesday//.
"We are getting people in thousands from various parts of the world with most of them coming for bypass surgeries, dental and orthopaedic treatment, and even for plastic surgeries," Ramadoss told IANS here.
The Indian government would soon identify a number of multi-specialty hospitals and expert doctors to cater to the increasing flow of overseas patients.
"The task of identifying hospitals and specialist doctors would be entrusted to a new body called the Accreditation Foundation of India," the minister said.
"The foundation would be of immense help to foreign patients to get treatment as per their needs," he added.
The decision to set up the foundation was taken after India witnessed a rush of patients from the US, Britain, Africa, and the Middle East countries seeking advanced healthcare facilities.
"Medical treatment in India is comparatively very cheap and fast, besides the country today having some of the best doctors in the world and also advanced technologies available," Ramadoss maintained.
"The cost of a bypass surgery in India would be just about one-sixth of the expenses if the same was done in the UK or other countries," he added.
The minister was here to launch the National Rural Health Mission for the region.
"Bypass surgeries apart, hip and knee replacements are fields where we are getting lot of European patients," Ramadoss said.
There are, however no official estimates to the number of foreign patients visiting India. The cheap healthcare facilities apart, people from abroad, especially the US and Britain, are flocking to hospitals in India as there is virtually no waiting time involved.
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