If you are planning to travel abroad for medical treatment, here are the few key steps you should be very much aware of and start, regardless of the country you are traveling to:
- Apply for an international passport for patient & attendant (if either or both of them do not have)
- Collate all the medical reports (diagnostic tests reports, hospital discharge summaries, prescriptions etc). If the records are not in English, get atleast a summary report written in English by your local doctor
- Contact a reputed and Medical Tourism Company like MedGurus (us) and share all the medical reports of the patient
- The Medical Tourism company will be able to suggest the best hospital for the particular treatment
- The Medical Tourism Company will also help with the best cost estimate for the treatment
- Once you get the full treatment plan & cost estimate, you can send your passports to get the Visa Invitation Letter from the hospital
- On receipt of the visa invitation, you can apply for medical visa. The patient will be travelling on patient visa & attendants will travel on Attendant visa.
- Once you receive the visa, you will book your tickets and plan your travel
- Let your Medical Tourism Company know about your arrival dates so that they can arrange for airport pick-up and also inform the hospital about your arrival. Senior doctors keep traveling within and outside country, so it is important to check their availability before traveling
- It is also preferable to book your Hotel/Guest House in advance specially if you are arriving early morning as you will then get a resting place upon arrival. Unless its an emergency case, you will meet the doctors after 10 am Indian Time, and then get admitted as advised.
The Medical Tourism Flow Chart by MedGurus
India as a Medical Tourism Destination
Here are a few strong reasons why India is one of the most sought-after medical tourism destinations:
- Highly experienced and expertised doctors: Indian Medical Professionas are considered among the best in the world. This can be gauged from the fact that more than 30% of medical professionals in USA are from India. Thus, on coming to India, you get access to the best brains in healthcare in the world
- Cheapest but best: Most medical procedures in India cost some 1/10th of the cost in developed countries like USA or UK, while still offering the best of quality. Hence, unless you are covered by a flat medical insurance, it makes strong sense that you get treated in India
- Complex, high-end treatment: Not just about cost, India is the only remarkable country in the whole of South-Asia, Africa and GCC countries that does with complex procedures like Liver Transplant, Heart & Lung transplants, Allogenic Bone Marrow Transplants etc. Every year, thousands of patients from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Sudan, Oman etc come to India for these advanced procedures and get successfully treated.
- World class Hospitals & Infrastructure: India has some of the world’s most reputed private hospitals like Fortis, Apollo, Medanta, Global, Wockhardt Kokilaben, BLK etc that have world class infrastructure and amenities. Moreover, considering the high number of cases these hospitals these hospitals do (unlike select cases done in USA, UK etc), these doctors get immense expertise in treating critical cases
- Language not a barrier at all: English is widely spoken in India. And even if the patient or attendant doesn’t speak English, hospitals keep translators for all major global languages who will be there with the patient throughout the duration of treatment
- Tertiary Services well developed: All Indian top hospitals work closely with Medical Tourism companies like Global Medi Advisors (promoter of MedGurus) for providing free support services to patients right from treatment planning, visa application and interview, arrival, treatment to departure – thus ensuring that you get a seamless experience.
How to Start
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