Medical services at key India hospitals
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Medical services at key India hospitals

 Medical services at key India hospitals
Think of India, and images of ancient temples, tigers, call centres and the IT boom might jump to mind. These days, health care is also on the list. India has some excellent medical care providers, and foreign patients are starting to cotton on. Accurate figures are hard to come by, but in 2004, Indian facilities treated an estimated 150,000 “medical tourists”, compared to Malaysia’s estimated 174,000. Get a check-up and holiday in Goa.
Cardiac care is one speciality that is drawing overseas patients to India. The Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre ( in Delhi is reputedly a state-of-the-art heart institute, which has performed more than 35,000 open-heart operations. At Escorts, open-heart surgery costs around 200,000 Indian rupees (US$4,500), compared to around US$60,000 or more in USA. Like most international hospitals in Asia, the centre helps foreign patients with visa arrangements, airport pick-ups, accommodation, travel arrangements and other logistics.
Apollo Hospitals are modern and clean
According to the Indian Department of Tourism, the average cost of healthcare in India is about one fifth that of the West, multi-organ transplants are done for a tenth the cost in the West and there is “zero waiting time”. A bone marrow transplant in India would cost around US$26,000 in India, compared to about US$250,000 in the US. Hip replacements are also popular (in the UK, patients often have to wait many months on national healthcare waiting lists before they can have the operation, or pay out of their own pocket at private institutions).
The acclaimed Apollo Hospitals Group ( has hospitals across India, including Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore and Kolkata (Calcutta). The hospitals in Delhi, Chennai and Hyderabad all have JSI accreditation. Foreign patients are met at the airport on arrival and taken to the hospital or a hotel.
Some patients are drawn to India’s holistic approach to healing, where techniques like yoga and meditation are sometimes used alongside the latest medical techniques. Various city hospitals around India now have Ayurveda natural healing centres.
The Wockhardt Hospitals Group ( has a chain of “super-speciality hospitals”, such as the Wockhardt Eye Hospital, Wockhardt Bone and Joint Hospital and Wockhardt Heart Hospital in Mumbai, and others in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Nagpur. The group has an association with Harvard Medical International, the global arm of the Harvard Medical School.
Other Indian hospitals that are treating increasing numbers of foreign patients are Jaslok Hospital & Research Centre (offering all-inclusive surgery packages through Canadian-based medical tourism company MediTours, in Mumbai, Global Hospitals (, a dedicated centre for multi-organ transplants also focusing on cardiology, liver diseases, oncology and haematology, in Hyderabad, and the well regarded Dr LV Prasad Eye Institute (, also in Hyderabad.
Procedures are far cheaper in India
The Ruby Hospital ( in Calcutta, which has an agreement with the UK’s independent BUPA International healthcare organisation entitling members to use the hospital’s facilities and services, offers extensive services for international patients, and even has an exclusive “lifestyle” floor, The Enclave, housing private apartments with kitchenettes, computers with 24-hour Internet and TV and DVD.
While the Indian medical tourism market clearly has vast potential for growth, some critics say it still has its drawbacks, such as poor infrastructure and challenges travelling in and out of the country.