Medical Tourism in Pune
The medical tourism sector in India is expected to boom by leaps and bounds in the next few years. It is estimated that the medical tourism which is currently growing at the rate of 18-20%, will touch about $2 billion revenues by the end of 2015. Let us have a look at few more economics of Indian medical tourism industry:
- India is likely to gain 2.5 - 3% share of the global medical tourism industry in the coming years.
- The number of international patients visiting India will hit over 1.1 million, constituting about 10 – 25% patients of total patients in Indian hospitals.
Pune offers everything that a foreign patient looks before travelling abroad for medical purposes – high tech hospitals, well qualified doctors, super quality of healthcare and low cost treatment. Hence it is no wonder that Pune has emerged as the fifth most preferred medical destination city in India after Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai. Few of Pune hospitals like Sancheti, Ruby Hall Clinic and Aditya Birla Memorial, Jehangir (in association with Apollo Hospitals) have gained a good reputation among the medical tourists. Most of the international patients hail from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Africa, Gulf nations, CIS countries and SAARC region.
Factors for Medical Tourism in Pune
Here are few factors which attract both foreigners and people from other states of India to visit Pune for their healthcare needs.
State of the Art Hospitals
Most of the tertiary care hospitals in Pune have contemporary medical infrastructure required to impart the best quality healthcare to their patients. The latest medical equipments and techniques along with well trained hospital staff ensure that the patients get superlative treatment in these hospitals. Some of the existing or upcoming hospitals in the city are either NABH or JCI accredited or striving towards obtaining the same.
Low Cost Treatment
Patients visiting India can save almost more than 50% of their total medical costs as compared to what they would have actually spent for their treatment in US, UK or Europe. In fact, the cost of availing health treatment in Pune is about 30-40% cheaper than most of the metro cities across the globe.
Well Qualified Doctors and Paramedical Staff
The doctors in Pune are skilled, competent and at par with their international counterparts. They are able to handle specialized and complicated treatment with expertise. These doctors are strongly supported by the other medical staff such as nurses, attendants, ward boys, interns, technicians and many more.
Special Department from Overseas Patients
Many hospitals in Pune have a department or a person exclusively dedicated to the care of foreign patients. These hospitals also offer international standard patient rooms, internet facility, TV with international channels, interpreters, tourist packages, special meals and self cooking arrangements to the patients and their relatives to make them comfortable in the new country.
Almost Zero Waiting Period
Usually, there is a long waiting list in the foreign countries to avail healthcare treatment, especially for surgeries. However, the patients from abroad are hardly required to wait for their treatment to start, if they are in India. Factors like a careful planning in advance, a continuous touch base with the doctors and an easily available appointment in India strongly work in the favour of international medical tourists.
There are certain surgeries like rectification of defects caused by bomb explosions and mines, which are prohibitive in US and Europe. But there are no such restrictions in India. Mostly the patients from Iraq take the advantage of these surgeries in India.
Higher Success Rate
Most of the hospitals in Pune boast of a good success rate in the recovery of the patients as compared to some top hospitals across the world.
Proximity to Mumbai
Inspite of lacking a good air connectivity to international cities, it makes up through its proximity to Mumbai. Several hospitals in Pune offer pick up and drop facility to its patients from Mumbai international airport.
No Language Barrier
Though India is a land of many languages, English is the common lingua franca across all the cities. The doctors and paramedical force in Pune are well versed with English and can easily communicate with international tourists. If required, the hospital also provides the services of interpreters and translators to the patients.
Medical cum Recreational Travel
Apart from regular sightseeing travel, people from abroad also visit the country for yoga, ayurvedic massages, meditation, spa treatments and other such therapeutic activities. Hence the Indian tourism industry promotes healthcare tour packages with inbuilt sightseeing attractions. In fact, many of the hospitals in Pune have an in house facility to assist their patients in organizing pleasure travel and shopping trips, securing local sim cards and international calling cards and getting foreign exchange currency.
So next time you plan your medical holiday abroad, there are plenty of good reasons to consider Pune as your preferred destination!
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