Chandigarh must ‘strive’ to be medical tourism hub: The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Naina Mishra

Chandigarh, November 18

The “vision document” for Chandigarh drafted and finalized in consultation with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) advocated the need to position Chandigarh as a medical tourism destination.

There is a need to promote Chandigarh as a quality healthcare destination for people across the world to cost-effectively utilize the healthcare expertise and infrastructure available in the city, the document says.

Robust audience health infrastructure

  • UT has a good public health infrastructure in terms of tertiary and specialty hospitals and professionally qualified doctors, according to a vision document
  • Tricity has the presence of eminent medical education institutions such as PGI, NIPER, IMTECH, ISER, Homi Bhabha Cancer Institute

Medical tourism involves people traveling to another country for health care. Southern states, especially Kerala, have developed health tourism as one of the tools for promoting tourism.

The Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India has introduced a medical visa for foreign tourists coming to India for medical treatment.

Health facilities in the city, including the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGI), Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, and Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH) , Sector 16, are overcrowded due to a heavy influx of patients from other states as well as overseas.

The document indicates that the city’s inhabitants, even those who can pay for private medical services, prefer to receive health services from public institutions, resulting in a relatively small contribution of the private health sector to the range of health services. services.

The vision document states that quality services and advanced health care (such as organ transplant services) need to be strengthened. The PGI has specialized centers offering liver, heart, kidney, bone marrow and cornea transplant services. The PGI is working on setting up a multi-organ transplant facility, including lungs, pancreas, and intestine.


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