Deemed as the hub for medical tourism, India has a well-developed healthcare infrastructure. In the last few years, the country’s medical tourism industry has developed significantly and proved beneficial for the Indian economy. A number of tourists from across the globe prefer India for medical treatments. Serving as the hotspot for medical tourists every year, hospitals in India are providing medical treatments and facilities at affordable rates as compared to Western countries, North America and a few South-East Asian countries.
A number of families, mainly from the South-East Asian countries, are travelling to India in order to avail advanced medical treatments and facilities. Patients from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka come to the states located in East India, as travel time is less and the cost is affordable.
A report titled “India: Building Best Practices in Healthcare Services Globally 2019”, released by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Ernst & Young, predicted that India’s market for medical tourism is expected to touch $9 billion by 2020. Healthcare units like AMRI Hospitals, which is a major destination for patients from different parts of the globe, have super specialty centers in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, along with state-of-the-art daycare center at Southern Avenue, Kolkata and information and services center in Dhaka and Khulna at Bangladesh.
A number of states in Eastern India are evolving aggressively in medical tourism. It is observed that several foreign patients are travelling mainly to Kolkata from Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Afghanistan. Kolkata has a huge scope for medical tourism and AMRI is one of the major healthcare providers in the state. The hospital’s daycare center at Southern Avenue has excellent eye care, dental care, and ENT services. It also specializes in IVF treatments, backed up by a team of experienced gynaecologists, and advanced technologies.
Additionally, states like West Bengal and Odisha are preferred by patients from Bangladesh and Bhutan due to the availability of affordable accommodation, easier connectivity and lack of language barrier.
Recently, the Indian Chamber of International Business (ICIB) organized a one-day workshop cum seminar ‘MEDENT 2019’, with Enterprising Travel Agents Association (ETAA). The event was aimed at presenting the scopes and challenges faced by medical tourism in Eastern India. A number of industry experts from healthcare and tourism sectors deliberated on solutions that can simplify the process for patients travelling from abroad. The seminar concluded on the note that the medical and tourism sector should work closely to eliminate challenges faced by patients.
Striving to develop the medical and dental tourism in Eastern India, AMRI Hospitals is steadfast in its commitment to patients, by offering advanced healthcare facilities at affordable rates. The development of information and service center in Dhaka is helping patients, who can now consult doctors at AMRI through their help centers.
Considering the current scenario, it can be ascertained that Eastern India has huge untapped opportunities and potential, which can make it one of the most successful hubs for medical tourism in South-East Asia.
Last modified: December 4, 2019