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Patients from the United States seek treatments that cost five to 10 times in their own country in India.  Patients from countries such as the United Kingdom and Canada travel to India to beat the huge waiting period for many routine procedures.

The key selling points of the Indian medical tourism industry are the combination of high quality facilities, competent, English-speaking medical professionals, “cost effectiveness” and the attractions of tourism.  The cost differential is huge:

Treatment Type Cost in India Cost Elsewhere
Open-heart surgery $3,000 and $10,000 $70,000 in UK and $150,000 in the US
Knee surgery $7,700 16,950 (UK)
Dental, eye and cosmetic Based on type of treatment Other countries 3 – 4 times


Medical tourists usually get a package deal that includes flights, hotels, treatment and, often, a post-operative vacation.  Well defined business plans drive the industry in serving  such customers and there are agents in the market to help potential customers

According to Market Intelligence, the medical tourism in the country can grow to become a $9 billion industry by 2020.  The average earning per patient according to market info as follows;

Top Nations Highest average earnings per patient
Pakistan $2,906
Bangladesh $2,084
CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries $1,950
Russia $1,618
Iraq $1,530

Here is a list of a few multi-specialty hospitals in India where those from other countries can seek treatment.

Apollo hospitals

It has 600 beds available.  Advanced operation theaters (OTs) and critical care units , Highly-equipped catheter laboratories, First hospital in South India to have received HACCP certification by the British Standards Institution, Geared with up over 60 departments, the hospital boasts of a retinue of specialists like cardiologists, general surgeons, ophthalmologists, orthopedic surgeons, fertility experts etc.  First heart transplant procedure was performed in this facility of Apollo hospitals.

Fortis healthcare

Hospital accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI) and National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Health-care Providers (NABH).310 bedded facilities, 9 highly-equipped Operation Theaters , Blood bank which is functional round-the-clock, World class infrastructure facilities.

Nanavati Super Specialty Hospital, Mumbai

Treatment available in 55 medical specialties, Full time pharmacy and laboratory services, Imaging facilities include MRI scanner, high intensity focused ultrasound, 64 slice PET scan -CT scan with cardiac capability, radiography, etc.  Super specialty level treatment solutions are provided for disciplines like neurology, nephrology, gynecology, cardiology, gastroenterology, plastic surgery, orthopedics, sports medicine and rehabilitation, etc.

Manipal Hospital, Bangalore

24X7 ambulance service provided.  The hospital provides affordable care for multi-disciplinary ailments, NABH accreditation.  Round the clock services for ICU, Operation theaters, Blood bank and laboratory

Max Super Specialty, Saket

500 bedded hospital.  ISO 9001:2001 certified.  Among the first two hospitals in North India to have received the prestigious accreditation from National Accreditation Board for Hospital & Healthcare Providers in 2007.Treatments available across 30 different specialties.  High precision diagnostic machinery for accurate detection of diseases .Critical care unit of 225 beds.  Specialty clinics for treatment of headache, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, and pacemaker implant etc.