India is popular for many things; among them are attractions like the Ganges River, cricket and Indian food. It is estimated that India receives over 5 billion tourists annually, making tourism one of India’s leading income earners. Of this number, there are those that are in India for more than just sightseeing; medical tourists. The number of medical tourists to India has ballooned so much that industry experts estimate that medical tourism will be a billion dollar industry come 2015.
The reasons for travelling to India for healthcare are self-explanatory. The cost of healthcare, especially in developed countries, is off the roof. With no insurance, many people choose alternative means, which in this case is travelling miles and miles away to seek affordable health services. There are tens of thousands of skilled health professionals in India, especially in Chennai, dubbed the health capital of India. According to statistics, Chennai, with its numerous hospitals receives about 45% of the medical tourists that come to India. Other reasons that make India popular among medical tourists is the availability of medical technologies, absence of visa restrictions, minimal language barrier and of course, diminished costs.
Also termed as reproductive exile, fertility tourism is the practice of travelling to another country to seek fertility treatments. India tops the list of fertility tourists with the availability of numerous fertility clinics in Chennai. What allures about these hospitals is the fact that they have state-of-the-art fertility laboratories, qualified doctors and specialists, and, as a result, offer the best fertility services including intra cytoplasm sperm injection (ICSI), sperm banking, intrauterine insemination, blastocyst culture, laparoscopy and hysteroscopy, ovulation induction, frozen embryo transfer and egg sharing. As a result, they have some of the highest pregnancy rates in the world.
For those seeking paediatricians and child healthcare professionals, Chennai is your own stop shop. There are a number of child hospitals in Chennai that cater to infants and kids alike. Most of these hospitals are run by highly qualified trained paediatricians.
Before traveling to India, it is imperative that you call the hospital you are about to visit, and make sure that things are in order. Needless to say, you should plan every aspect of your visit for easy travel. Fortunately, there are a number of medical travel agents, who can coordinate your travel and medical check-up and treatment at a nominal fee.