Medical Tourism in India

Medical Tourism in India – Why Is It Such a Big Deal?
Medical tourism is a recent phenomenon where people from first world nations such as the United States, Australia and the UK travel to developing nations such as India and Thailand for medical or dental care, or to get an expensive surgical procedure performed.

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.

That explains why India has become one of the prime destinations for medical tourism. Indeed, estimates are that medical tourism in India is big business; worth over $4 billion a year.
Why Go to India for Medical Tourism?
India is ideally suited to medical tourism as it has some of the best doctors, surgeons and dentists in the world, many of whom have been educated in medical schools in the United States, the UK, Germany, France and Australia.
Some of the hospitals and hospital chains in India are positively world class. They compare well with the best hospitals in the West and have all the facilities you would expect at a very affordable cost. Of course, this is not to say that all of India’s hospitals are of a high quality – that is not the case by any means. There is a huge difference in quality between the top hospitals in India and the rest.

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.

It also helps that the cost of international flight tickets has come down drastically over the last few years. Travel to India is now well within anyone’s budget. Also, India is a stable democracy and a fast growing economy. Medical tourists travelling to India feel safe when they come here.
What Services Could a Medical Tourist from the United States Expect to Get in India?
If you’re an American travelling to India for medical treatment, you can choose from a variety of complex medical treatments and surgical procedures such as liver transplants, kidney transplant, cardiac surgery, knee joint replacement, cosmetic surgeries, bone marrow transplant, dental procedures and many more.
All surgical procedures are carried out by top doctors and highly qualified surgeons who have been trained in the best medical schools in India and abroad.
Indeed, most of the Indian doctors and surgeons in the top Indian hospitals earned their qualifications from medical schools in the United States. Many have worked for several years in American hospitals before coming home to India, such as Dr. Naresh Trehan and Dr. Devi Shetty, two of the leading heart surgeons in India.
The best Indian hospitals such as those in Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, are up to the standards expected by the Joint Commission Accreditation for Hospitals and the Food and Drug Administration in the United States.
Medical tourists to India can benefit from alternative therapies such as Ayurveda, Acupuncture, Yoga and Homeopathy at the world class health spas in the country, such as Rajasthan and Kerala.
What is the Cost of Healthcare in India?
Generally, most surgical procedures in the best hospitals in India cost 10% to 20% as that in the United States. Consider this…
  • 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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India is certainly a great place for medical tourism. The country has a large number of JCI Accredited hospitals which provide quality treatment to international patients. The government of India is making things simpler by making visa application available to medical tourists online. The patient is able to travel with two blood relatives and can enter the country three times at visa validity of 1 year. India is surely moving towards being the most preferred medical tourism destination due to the quality and price it offers.

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Infertility Treatment in India

Are you considering an infertility treatment in India?
Infertility Treatment Centers in India
If you are considering an affordable infertility treatment such for an In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), then India should be on top of your list. India has more than 500 infertility treatment centers, including some highly reputed fertility specialists.
India has been a top destination for infertility treatments for more than three decades now. The Indian government strictly regulates all infertility clinics in the country and makes sure that everything is done according to the rule book.
Infertility treatment centers in India are regulated by the Indian Society for Assisted Reproduction. They are ISO certified and accredited by JCI. Many of these clinics are a part of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) PGD Consortium.
Infertility Treatment in India: Procedure
#1: In India, donation of the sperm permitted only in IVF fertility treatments and not in non-IVF treatments.
#2: Egg donors must be in the age group of 18 to 35 and should be healthy.
#3: All egg donors are screened for genetic conditions and sexually transmitted diseases.
#4: The treatment begins with a diagnosis for fertility. This includes a thorough semen testing and blood and urine testing for men. For women, a diagnosis means tests for CBC, HIV, IgG levels, TSH, urine routine, VDRL, Prolac/ FSH/LH, blood grouping and Hepatitis B.
#5: The following tests are conducted: Serum FSH, Serum PRL, Serum LH and Serum TSH.
#6: A Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is done where an X-ray of the uterus and the Fallopian tubes is taken.
#7: This is followed by procedures such as Trans-vaginal Ultra Sonogram, Laproscopic Hysteroscopy, and Laparoscopy.
Based on the results of these examinations the future course of the infertility treatment is decided.
Infertility Treatment Options in India
IVF (Invitro Fertilization)
IVF is the most common infertility treatment which involves the fertilization of the ovum outside the female’s body. The fertilized ovum (also called as embryo) is then transferred into the uterus.
Ovulation induction
Ovulation induction is recommended when the female suffers from irregular ovulation. This treatment involves improving egg quality and regulating the ovulation cycle.
IUI (Intra Uterine Insemination)
During an Intra Uterine Insemination, a catheter is used to place the processed semen directly in the uterus.
ICSI (Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection)
ICSI is a method in which a single sperm is placed into the cytoplasm of an egg so that fertilization can take place.
TESA (Testicular Sperm Aspiration)
TESA is a sperm harvesting technique done through a surgical procedure.
Embryo Freezing Excess (Surplus)
In this method, a cryogenic technology is used to preserve the embryos at extremely low temperatures for many years. This is later injected into the female’s uterus.
Assisted Hatching
This method involves the hatching of the embryos which are not able to escape the zona pellucid intact.
Semen or Sperm freezing
In this method, the Semen or Sperm are frozen at extremely low temperatures for an extended period of time.
Rules of Infertility Treatment in India
#1: In India, singles and lesbians are accepted for fertility treatment. Women up to the age of 60 can be treated with donated eggs. Surrogacy is legal and accepted.
#2: All donors are anonymous. The prospective parents are only provided with non-identifying information on the donors.
#3: Women cannot donate eggs more than 6 times.
#4: Not more than 3 embryos can be transferred to a woman seeking the treatment.
#5: The embryo storage regulations are the same as that of the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority of the UK.
Cost of Infertility Treatments in India
How much does an IVF treatment cost in India? 
That’s the one question everyone has before undergoing an infertility treatment in India. It’s hard to give a specific number as the rates depend on the hospital where you undergo the treatment.
But generally, the cost of an IVF treatment is Rs. 250,000 in India. This can go up to as much as Rs. 450,000 depending on the complexity of the procedure.
If you require advanced treatments such as ICSI treatment in addition to this, that will cost you up to Rs. 150,000 to 250,000 more. A Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) procedure will cost an additional Rs. 120,000.

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[Note 1$ USD = Rs. 65.06]
Medical tourism to India is a big industry and India is one of the premier destinations for infertility treatments. The cost of the treatments in India is much lower than what it is in the United States, UK, Australia and other first world nations. Also, the rules and procedures governing these treatments are up to the standards that are expected in the West.

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