INDIA. Delhi: Medical Tourism (also called medical travel, health tourism, or global healthcare) is a term used to describe the rapidly growing practice of traveling across international borders to obtain healthcare. Services typically sought by travelers include elective procedures such as MRI, CAT Scans, specialised physiotherapy treatments, as well as complex surgeries such as joint replacement (knee/hip), cardiac surgery, dental surgery, and cosmetic surgeries. However, virtually every type of healthcare, including psychiatry, alternative treatments, and convalescent care is available in India. The key drivers for the growth of Medical Tourism and wellness tourism are mainly affordability and accessibility of good healthcare services, facilitation around hospitality services, minimal waiting time, availability of the latest medical technologies, and accreditations.
Healthcare and Tourism are the fastest growing industries in the world. Medical Value Travel (MVT) is being promoted as a fusion product of these industries. Over the years, India has grown to become a top-notch destination for medical value travel because it scores high over a range of factors that determines the overall quality of care. India has also become a favoured destination for Yoga and Wellness with its focus on traditional therapies through AYUSH.
The Ministry of Tourism has recognised the immense potential of MVT and has been actively working on the promotion and development of Medical Tourism. The Ministry of Tourism has accordingly formulated a Draft National Strategy and Roadmap for Medical and Wellness Tourism, which can be accessed from the following link and also available on the Ministry of Tourism’s website under the “what’s new” section
Before proceeding to finalise the draft strategy document and to make the document more comprehensive, the Ministry of Tourism would like to invite feedback/comments/suggestions on the draft National Strategy and Roadmap.