When we hear the word ‘tourism’ the only thing that comes to our mind is the various attractive places which we can visit with our families, friends or partner. The sole purpose of visiting a tourist destination is leisure only. But there is a term known as medical tourism in which people visit places where the healthcare can be provided. The sole purpose then becomes getting access to healthcare, treatments, etc with minimal costs. There are major sections or departments in which the medical tourism sector has its focus on. People from neighbouring countries like Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, etc come to our country to avail the world-class medical facilities provided in our country. In West Bengal, the people from nearby states like Sikkim, Assam, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, etc come to avail the medical facilities.
India is known for its world-class medical facilities such as economic pricing, good infrastructure, and internationally acclaimed facilities; all these qualities make India a destination hub for cancer treatment. Medical treatment cost in India is 60-80% lower as compared to the similar treatment in North America and the United Kingdom. Drugs, medicines, etc. for Cancer is produced in India at one-tenth the cost in developed nations and is considered the cheapest. Breast cancer treatment in India is also offered at a low cost.
Indian hospitals are considered as a hub for cardiac care because of the low cost. Cardiology procedures such as heart valve replacement cost $170,000 in the United States, whereas, $9,500 in India. Bypass surgery for heart block is performed at a low cost in our country. The bypass surgery in India costs $7,900 whereas in the United States it costs $123,000. There is a clear-cut cost advantage of getting a heart surgery done in India so tourists flock in our country for undergoing surgery. The International Patient Department at Narayana Health (available at 45 locations in India) is dedicated to ensuring that international patients have a hassle-free, comfortable medical journey.
Dental tourism in India is the fastest-growing specialty when compared to other Indian medical tourism accounting for 10% of the total Indian medical tourism. We have in our country world-class dental hospitals, with the US-trained dentists and specialists in smile design, cosmetic dentistry, and dental implants to enable people to save on the treatments more than half. People can save up to 80% on your dental treatment especially dental implant cost in India very much affordable at a price less than 50,000 INR.
As per WHO estimates, 48.5 million couples worldwide experience infertility. Infertility can affect a couple both emotionally and physically. Stress, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, changes in eating habits, pollution, etc leads to an increase in the infertility rates. With advanced treatment modalities, infertility can be successfully treated. Now, India serves as a fertility tourism hub for patients around the world and provides an affordable, professional, and world-class medical care. India is considered as the most preferred destination for assisted reproductive technology (Surrogacy). The IVF clinics in India are well equipped with skilled professionals and excellent infrastructure. In Siliguri also we have different fertility clinics like Genome-the fertility center, Creation-the fertility center, etc.
Neurology involves providing care to patients with diseases of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, or muscles. The neurology and neurosurgery hospitals in India have well-advanced equipment and also highly experienced and trained neurosurgeons and strong support teams as well. According to a popular website, the success rates of Neurosurgery in India have often exceeded international standards. Neurosurgery cost in India for the excision of the pituitary gland tumor is $3000 to $6000. The cost of same neurosurgery in the USA would be approximately five times of cost in India.
Plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery has evolved in India over a few decades. Using several modern technologies, cosmetic surgery in India has turned out to be a favorite destination for people worldwide. The use of safer anesthesia and a faster recovery has made India an attractive destination for cosmetic surgeries. Liposuction cost in India is coming to around $1,750 while in the US it is approximately $6,100. Dental cosmetic surgery in India costs about ten times less as compared to the procedure overseas.
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