India successful growing Medical tourism, Africa can adopt the idea?
Foreign patients going to India to get treatment in 2012, 2013 and 2014 numbered 171,021, 236,898, and 184,298 respectively. Traditionally, america and the uk have been the biggest source countries for medical tourism to India. However, in October 2015 in accordance with a CII-Grant Thornton report released, Bangladeshis and Afghans accounted for 34% of foreign patients, the utmost share, primarily because of their close proximity with India and poor healthcare infrastructure. Russia and the Commonwealth Of Independent States (CIS) accounted for 30% share of foreign medical tourist arrivals. Other major resources of patients include Africa and the center East, the Persian Gulf countries particularly. In 2015, India became the very best destination for Russians seeking treatment. Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and the National Capital Region received the best amount of foreign patients primarily from South Eastern countries.
As escalating costs forces increasing numbers of people from advanced nations to get opportunities for combining top quality yet cost-effective treatment with leisure travel beyond respective national boundaries, a lot more than 50 countries have identified medical tourism as a national industry. Having an estimated global market of around $40-55 billion (Dh147-202 billion), India too has emerged as a front-runner in the international MVT arena – with an increase of than 500,000 foreign patients availing treatment annually – due to the country’s relatively low priced but high-quality treatment facilities, as well as the scope of using alternative system of Ayurveda, Naturopathy and yoga for adjunct therapy in critical lifestyle diseases successfully. The introduction of the relatively new “M” visa in India makes getting visas for medical purposes easier than ever. Visas receive out in a brief period of time rather, and the waiting period for some life-saving or life-altering procedures are almost non-existent. Priority is directed at the patients with life-threatening conditions. They are patients that require help on priority to avoid more medical complications, permanent disabilities, or even death sometimes.
Indian doctors and healthcare professionals are renowned world over because of their skills with most of them holding high positions in leading hospitals in US, UK along with other countries round the global world. You will find a great number of skilled doctors in India highly, including many who’ve relocated to India after having worked in the most notable hospitals over the global world.
If Africa channel all her resources in holistic manner. Africa could be zone for several forms of tourism which include medical tourism.
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