Medical tourism is booming in India, with Scottish patients flocking towards Indian hospitals. The two most prominent reasons why they find India the most suitable destination for various treatments include relatively low cost, and extremely low waiting time.
Highly effective treatment offered in Indian hospitals and an opportunity to enjoy an exotic vacation at popular tourist destinations of India like Delhi, Kerala, Goa, Mumbai, and Bangalore to name a few are the other significant reasons behind this.
According to NHS (National Health Service), some travel groups in Scotland have started to prepare health tour packages for the patients willing to travel to India for treatment. Globe Health Tours, which has been providing amusement for stag weekends, has already dispatched 30 patients to Indian hospitals, where they’ll have to pay only a fraction of price charged by the UK clinics.
NHS’ waiting list for a few procedures is still above 6-months and private clinics in the country (Scotland) charge patients nearly 10,000 pounds for treatments such as knee or hip replacements. However, those ready to go to India can have the same operations done for below 3500 pounds.
As per a Research Analyst’s view at RNCOS, who has recently researched a report on “Opportunities in Medical Tourism in India (2007)”, “People are turning towards India as they’re fed up with NHS’ waiting list. Their aim is to save money, and also have a holiday at one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the world.”