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One of the perks of living in a globalized world is that the world is more connected and accessible than ever before. Of course there are pockets of areas where there is a lot of tension and conflict, but that would be the exception rather than the rule. This connected world has meant that industries from all sectors including healthcare have become interlinked across vast distances.
Manufacturing, for example, is something that the Chinese seem to do for the entire world, while India has become a giant in back end support with its large English-speaking population. One of the largest areas of growth and investment in India has been in the healthcare sector. The country has opened its regulation policies to allow freedom to the private sector to invest in world-class facilities all over the country. The people have also shown a proclivity towards the medical profession and it is one of the most popular choices as a profession for children growing up in the country.
This development of high quality facilities along with the presence of highly skilled manpower has coincided fortuitously with a boom in tourism. More people are travelling to India than ever before.
The Rise of Medical Tourism
The disparity in the cost of medical services is huge. A lot of the times, a complex procedure with an extended hospital stay recovery period in India can cause less than the deductible on the insurance that people pay in countries like the United States, United Kingdom or Australia. This, when taken into account that a lot of the doctors are the same ones who have left successful practices abroad and come back to work in the country of their birth, means that the quality is absolutely the same and no compromises are made.
It is also not just the cost of the procedure that differs so much. The cost of the medication is also extremely reduced in India when compared to western countries. While the same brands may not be always available in the country, high-quality generic brands which have exactly the same drug as the "name brand" drug are easily available.
There are some other advantages that help make India a popular destination for tourists seeking healthcare. Many people are already used to seeing Indian doctors working in hospitals in their respective countries. While even a positive generalization can be seen as racist, it is undeniable that the Indian diaspora all over the world has gravitated towards the medical field in large numbers. The country is also largely peaceful and has an inherent quality of hospitality that makes travelers feel comfortable at once.
The country is also home to some of the most popular tourists sites in the world, and travelers have an opportunity to get their treatment done and maybe even tick a few places off their "must-visit" list!