Indian Health Infrastructure
India is well known for the spectacular progress in medical technology, therapeutic sciences, and development in the health infrastructure in recent times. This accomplishment has been strongly aligned with a vast network of educational institutions prevalent all over the country. The Nation is considered the pharmacy of the World. This implies the availability of vast pharmacopeia, a drug base necessary for curative purposes.
Highly skilled and trained specialist doctors and surgeons, besides those equally capable of providing allied services, are a product of research, institutionalized learning, and training that predates written history.
The Nation’s enormous education system churns out over thirty thousand physicians and surgeons who adapt to higher learning and practice to become specialists. The most highly skilled base is retained within the country. At the same time, many shun overseas prospects and later turn return to establish institutions to broaden the infrastructure base and create better systems.
Present-day health care infrastructure has spread all over the country. Still, it is the major towns and large cities that excel in providing advanced treatments, including surgery in niche disciplines. The support base includes sound diagnostic labs with enhanced investigative capabilities.
Be it cancer treatment, cardiac surgery, joint replacements, maxillofacial dental surgery, implants, neurosurgery, fertility procedures, and advanced cosmetic solutions, the country does not lag when compared with developed nations. The infrastructure and services, the vast pool of skilled specialists in medical and allied fields all are of international standards.
The country’s hospitals and clinics can deliver a wide spectrum of palliative and invasive solutions to an equally wide range of ailments. Another striking feature of remedial services in India is the constant development of skills and regular technological upgrades.
Being a developing country has not limited the progress of health care infrastructure and training in this field. The country can provide many disease treatments that include complicated surgeries, postoperative care, and therapeutics. In addition, top hospitals and clinics have successfully inducted telemedicine or remote care; this is an important milestone in palliative care.
Besides advanced solutions provided by doctors, surgeons, and specialists in well-equipped hospitals and top-rated clinics, it is the cost of services that goes into our favor. The difference in cost of treatment or surgical operations is vast compared to countries with equally advanced care systems and infrastructure on similar lines.
The reduced services cost has resulted in the constant arrival of overseas patients for advanced treatments and surgeries. These visits we call medical tourism are enriching the economy and providing business to institutions engaged in advanced services since the last decade.
Tourism in India
The term “medical tourism” extols the tourism potential of the country as well. This is due to diverse and spectacular terrain, panoramic settings, altitude variations, and salubrious climate at hill stations, resorts, and National Parks.
The country is equally rich in heritage wealth dating way back into history. The spectacular edifices, ancient and modern, dot the landscape all over and display exquisite craftsmanship in intricate carvings, architectural diversity, and intrigue, which the past always carries with it. Spiritual wealth arises from the large-scale practice of Indian ideologies with esoteric rites and rituals, which is a soulful experience. The wildlife is stunning and offers a chance four sighting rare and endangered species like tiger, Asiatic lion, rhino, snow, and clouded leopard, to name a few.
The term is justified, and many visitors arrive in the country for the dual purpose of tourism and treatment. All this is being scheduled in the itinerary. Hence promoters of medical tourism also organize packages for wildlife, sightseeing, and spiritual quests.
Medical Tourism Prospects
In simple words, hospitals and clinics equipped with the latest technology in conjunction with the best doctors and surgeons deliver treatments available in advanced countries at a lesser cost. Other benefits that encourage overseas patients to choose India are visa availability, ease of air travel, low-priced accommodation, less waiting time, and English language popularity, becoming a global communication facilitator. In addition, there are a large number of hospitals that provide safe, clean, and luxurious beds economically. Local transportation and hygienic food at low prices are other factors that encourage travel to India.
There is a vast pool of qualified specialists in all disciplines; this is further coupled by age-old practices in alternative healing sciences like Ayurveda and Yoga. Moreover, many overseas patients seek recourse to alternative healing sciences for various disorders, and there is no shortage of yoga centers and Ayurveda Ashrams here.
Medical Tourism is experiencing exponential growth but not during the pandemic. It is expected to rise over 8 billion USD in the coming years as the impact of coronavirus is considerably reduced. The health care infrastructure has coped with the widespread pandemic in the country in an impressive manner, enhancing its reputation overseas.
There is no stopping for the health care system to invite many patients for treatment in India in the post-pandemic.