It was a lazy afternoon and I was busy surfing my FACEBOOK account when a chat pop appeared on the screen. It was Jaden whom I have met over this social networking site, a year ago. He was a Canadian resident. After formal greetings he revealed that his aunt was suffering from a serious heart condition and needed to undergo a major bypass surgery. The cost of bypass surgery was very high so all this while he was making a frenetic search on the internet in regards to know about the countries where the same surgery could be performed at a comparatively low price without compromising with quality and standards.
I told him why doesn’t he considers India in this regard, as India in the recent times has come out as one of the most favored Medical tourism destinations. In India, a combination of traditional and modern medical treatments are offered to the patient to choose from. The country is best known for its expertise in Cardiology treatments. The doctors in India have an impressive track record in the context of the complex heart operations and boast a death rate from complications i.e. half of what is recorded in the US.
Adding on further I told him that lower cost of medical treatments in India is one of the biggest drivers, as at times the cost of certain complex surgeries can be as low as that of one-tenth of what people might pay in their home countries. Though the travelling cost can be seen as an overhead but when compared to the total cost of surgeries at home they might save one from spending a significant part of ones hard earned fortune.
Then he showed his concern about the long waiting time his aunt might be subjected to before undergoing surgery. I assured him that these issues are faced majorly by the westerns in their home country. In India it is possible to fix treatments and surgeries almost without any waiting time.
Other factors that work in favor of medical tourism in India is that the country has a great number of US FDA approved drug manufacturing units and its healthcare system is largely based on western medicine.
Another concern which was raised by him was about the communication problem to which I answered that India has a large English-speaking population. I also told him that besides this India offers its visitors with a wide range of wellness tourism options like ayurveda, massages, yoga, acupuncture and naturopathy, as the medicine system in India largely believes in prevention. Hence soon after recovering from the surgery one can enroll themselves with some of the benefiting yoga sessions and Ayurvedic sessions along with enjoying a sightseeing trip in the country.
The medical tourism in India has benefited a large number of the population of the world but still it is essential to consult ones doctors and the medical tourism provider before making a decision about traveling so far to get the medical treatments. I also recommended him to get to know the experience of people who have undergone similar treatments in India.
Finally after five months Jaden visited India with his ailing aunt who got her bypass surgery done at one of the renowned hospitals in Delhi.