Medical Tourism in India: $1 billion to the economy by 2012

Posted on November 4, 2008. Filed under: Net Spy | Tags: , , |

Who would have thought that in just five years, medical tourism in India will build a remarkable repute as one of the countries most often visited by foreign patients for affordable plastic surgery and other health care treatments? Not long ago when medical travel was something scary and unrealistic, now American patients are wondering why they haven’t thought of flying to other countries like India where plastic surgery cost is extremely cheap.

According to proponents, plastic surgery in India is comparable to much that is available in the U.S. but with great difference in plastic surgery cost. Because of India’s preferable exchange rate with dollar, official figures indicate that among the 55 countries that comes to the country for affordable plastic surgery, the biggest growth in business comes from the UK and United States. Frustrated by long waiting list and high plastic surgery cost, patients began considering the option of going abroad for medical care treatments.

In 2003, James Campbell, a resident from Aberdeenshire, went to Ahmedabad for a double knee replacement at less than half the cost of private treatment in the UK, after organising the trip and treatment himself because of the tremendous waiting list before he can get his surgery. If patients like James who wants immediate operations, they will usually pay an additional 20-50 percent of the UK cost for prompt surgeries. A single knee replacement in the UK costs about £9,000 but a Madras clinic quotes the operation at £2,150.

The number of foreign patients that come for plastic surgery in India increases year after year. To sustain the nation’s operation to offer high quality and affordable plastic surgery, private healthcare companies in India invested about £50 million to acquire state of the art equipments in the past decade. The quality of medical facilities and staff in India is increasingly rated internationally and 75 percent of healthcare services in India are now in private sector and advanced private hospitals have been established in the major cities of the country.

Today, plastic surgery in India is one of the respected assets of medical tourism. In fact, a Confederation of Indian Industry report predicts that medical tourism will be worth $1 billion to the economy by 2012.

To know more about plastic surgery in India, please visit GoSculptura India and get your free surgeon consultation and a free preview of how you will look like after the surgery. Gosculptura offers medical vacation packages and will take care of all your primary needs in India.

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