Medical Tourism in India: Top Destinations, Scenarios and Everything You Need to Know | Travel


Medical tourism, or Medical Value Travel, refers to the industry where international patients cross the border for medical, cosmetic or wellness treatments. In recent years, India has emerged as a major hub for medical tourism and is now rated as one of the top 6 medical value travel destinations in the world. Its rapidly growing medical tourism industry has put Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai and Kochi on the globe for millions of people across Asia and Africa, who turn to these cities for all their surgical needs. Our unparalleled knowledge, top-notch doctors, vast experience and top-notch hospitals enable us to dominate the Indian medical tourism market. The patient can receive affordable treatment packages in India. (Also read: Kerala Tourism focuses on ‘responsible tourism’ to increase livelihoods of locals )

In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Danish Ahmed, founder of, shared important insights about medical tourism in India.

Medical Tourism Scenario in India:

Medical tourism in India, as of mid-2020, was estimated at around $9 billion, which ranks India 10th in the global medical tourism index. About 2 million patients visit India every year from 78 countries for medical, wellness and IVF treatments, generating $6 billion for the industry which is expected to reach $13 billion by 2026 , supported by the government’s Heal in India initiative. This not only generates jobs, profits and hard currency for hospitals, but also creates very valuable soft power for India, positioning it as the healing center of the world. It also creates a demand for high-end equipment, which leads to continuous upgrading of Indian healthcare, leading to a spiral of demand generating quality, generating more demand.

Why do they choose India:

India’s main advantage is the price at which it can provide world-class quality healthcare, along with complementary treatments in Ayurveda, which gives it the unique positioning of holistic healthcare. Appropriately called, Heal in India, the expected government initiatives will ease visa and forex standards for these patients, thereby unleashing the huge potential of medical tourism in the country. India is known to be the country of natural medicines in the world. India and Ayurveda have a history that goes back in time.

Where most medical tourists come from:

Most tourists come from Asian or African countries such as Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Maldives, Indonesia, and Kenya, among others.

Top 5 Medical Tourism Destinations in India:

Chenai: One of the most popular places in India to receive medical treatment. According to a study by the Confederation of Indian Industry, nearly 40% of patients choose Chennai because of the city’s high standard of care. Chennai, the “health capital of India”, receives around 200 foreign patients a year for hip replacements, eye surgeries, heart bypass surgery, bone marrow transplants and alternative medical procedures.

Mumbai: It is the city with the fastest growing medical tourism industry in India and is home to a number of super specialty hospitals as well as a research and diagnostic center for orthopedic and weight reduction procedures . Mumbai is well known for its Ayurvedic therapies and cosmetic surgery.

New Delhi: Many outstanding private hospitals, including those that offer general surgery, eye surgery, cardiac care and neurosurgery packages to foreign patients, can be found in the nation’s capital.

Ahmedabad: Ahmedabad is another Indian city that is gradually gaining prominence as a center for medical tourism. Many non-residents prefer to seek medical treatment in Ahmedabad due to its hospitals with top-notch amenities.

Bengaluru: Due to the large amount of top-notch medical facilities and specialists among its medical professionals. These are the major medical tourism attractions of Bangalore. There are also doctors in Bangalore who have undergone advanced training in the west with an almost short waiting time and quick access to medical care for visitors seeking treatment.

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