Medical Tourism to India has grown over the years, as people all over the world gain greater awareness of the world-class standards of health care available in India, at very reasonable prices. Complex procedures, such as cardiac surgery and cosmetic surgery, cost much less than similar procedures in hospitals in the US, UK and the Middle East. Faced by expensive bills and long waiting lists, patients worldwide have begun to look towards India as a medical treatment destination.
While alternative treatment like Ayurveda therapy has attracted patients for some while now, conventional medical treatment, ranging from medical checkups to complex surgical procedures in leading hospitals in India, has attracted many medical tourists in recent times.
Since Medical Tourism in India is a recent phenomenon, certain aspects concerning insurance and legal aspects of treatment need to be kept in mind.
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Medical tourists can also check with their insurance provider whether treatment at an internationally recognized hospital in India is covered by their policy. If not, the patient will have to bear the expense of their treatment. The cost of treatment will however be much less than the equivalent treatment in a hospital in the West.
Legal Issues: A prospective medical tourist should also be aware of possible legal issues. There is presently no international legal regulation of medical tourism. All medical procedures have an element of risk. The issue of legal recourse for unsatisfactory treatment across international boundaries is a legally undefined issue at present.
Medical Visa: The Indian Government has started issuing a Medical Visa for tourists who come to India for medical treatment. This visa is valid for a year or the period of treatment, whichever is less, and can be extended by another year. The medical visa enables a tourist to travel to India up to three times in one year. Two family members or attendants can also accompany a patient on a medical visa. Based on the Indian Embassy's assessment of the patients needs, family members or attendants can be granted a visa, in association with the patient's medical visa.
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