Indian Medical Tourism and its Prospects

Anuja D. Bapat

Abstract


Medical tourism is described as a rapidly-growing practice of travelling across international borders to obtain health care. It also refers pejoratively to the practice of healthcare providers travelling internationally to deliver healthcare.

The present study is based on secondary data. For the purpose of the study the information of four countries were collected namely: Singapore, Thailand, India and United States. The researcher has made a comparative cost-benefit analysis. The data was analyzed by applying various statistical tools like averages and percentages. For interpretation charts, graphs and tables were applied.

It was found that India offers comparative advantages to a larger extent to the beneficiaries seeking medical treatment in India especially in terms of cost. India also provides world class expertization by qualified medical and

para-medical personnel coupled with ultra-modern technology.

Some suggestions recommended are that the Medical tourism has to be supported by government policies. Government should take Medical Tourism as a serious part of business.

The study revealed that India has a potential destination for Medical Tourism having potentiality to be the preferred destination by the International community. The only action plan is that India should work towards engaging in medical tourism as a serious business which can reach India to be the most preferred destination for health-care internationally.

Keywords: Healthcare Providers, Para-Medical Practitioners, Beneficiaries, Preferred Destination


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