Economics is the main factor that drives medical tourism to India and other third world nations. The cost of medical care, dental care and surgery in the United States and other wealthy nations is prohibitively high, while that in India is much lower. Also, the quality of healthcare facilities – at least in the top Indian hospitals– is almost as good in India as it is in the United States.
Most patients from abroad who travel to India for medical treatment favor the top hospitals only such as Tata, Wockhardt, Fortis, Max and Apollo Hospitals. These large corporate hospital chains have been the biggest beneficiaries of medical tourism to India.
- An angioplasty costs $3,300 in India but $57,000 in the United States.
- A heart bypass costs $5,200 in India but $130,000 in the United States.
- A hip replacement costs $7,000 in India but 50,000 in the United States.
- A knee replacement costs $6,200 in India but 20,000 in the United States.
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