Medical Tourism is multi-billion dollar global industry that has grown steadily over the years. India, and several developing countries have emerged as the best healthcare and medical treatment provider of Asia. Despite having achieved tremendous success in the sector, India does not have an organized board dedicated to solving the different problems faced by medical tourism providers.
As the Indian medical tourism industry is growing at an impressive rate, it is time the central government of the nation pays a little more attention to this industry and creates a board by collaboration of the private and public healthcare sectors. This will help the medical practitioners and medical tourism providers to work together and double their efficiency in satisfying the foreign patients.
Medical practitioners themselves have put forward their ideas in this regard, and demanded that a board be formed so that the doctors from private and public sectors can actively participate in the growth of medical tourism industry. Dr. Prem Jagyasi, a renowned global medical tourism consultant, believes that India needs a national medical board for tackling matters pertaining to medical tourism. He is of the opinion that the national board will increase the reliability of India as a medical tourism destination and help in improving its brand image.
While addressing the International India Medical Tourism Congress, Dr. Prem Jagyasi pointed out that the competitors of India in medical tourism industry, viz. Malaysia, Germany, Thailand, and Singapore, all have their national medical tourism boards right on place. The event, inaugurated by the respected tourism secretary, Lalit K. Panwar, is being held as the meeting ground of all the movers and shakers of the Indian medical tourism industry.
Recent surveys have predicted that soon their will be a 30% growth in the Indian medical tourism industry. By 2015, it will turn into a $2 billion dollar industry with exponential growth rates. That’s why experts like Dr. Prem Jagyasi suggest that the PHD Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Ministry of Health should also be made a part of the national board. He believes that forming a national board will also provide support of law to the medical tourism providers. According to Ajay Bakshi, Managing Director of Manipal Healthcare, the Indian private hospitals are now as well equipped and efficient as the European hospitals.
Private hospitals of India provide medical facilities at par with the international healthcare standards, but at much lower rates. That’s why the medical tourists from US and UK are relying on Indian private hospitals more than the French and German nursing homes.