Medical Tourism in India

In the “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” Maggie Smith was a medical tourist to India going for a reasonable, safe hip replacement. That was the first time I  had heard of such an idea.  Then 60 Minutes ran a piece on trips to Asia, including India, for expensive medical procedures including orthopedic replacements, face lifts, and even a liver replacement.

There may be one of my readers or a family member who is in need of one of these operations.   I honestly can’t think of any reason not to go for  it and would definitely consider it, myself.. . . . . . state of the world medical procedures with excellent care, rehab and a vacation in  India all for 1 /5 of the cost as in Britain?

I thought it encouraging and forward thinking that medical tourism is being encouraged and supported by the Indian government. They see this opportunity  for their country as  second only to the IT business in Bangalore!

This Is Incredible India!

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I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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8 Responses to Medical Tourism in India

  1. Yes Madam. Truly appreciate this post. Medical Tourism is a fact in India especially southern india – Chennai to be precise. Highly trained physicians and surgeons are doing a great job in some of the corporate-NGO hospitals. In addition to patients from the west, there are patients from not-so-friendly countries as well. And that serves the purpose of bridging relationships as well. I earnestly hope that some un-scrupulous players don’t take advantage of this positive trend and make quick money out of patient’s plight.


    • annetbell says:

      I actually had thought of unscrupulous people taking advantage with suffering people, but I think that having the social working in the States , coordinating helps prevent that. Also having a spouse of friend accompany the patient is absolutely necessary. Also having the Indian government involved is a check point as well. I have no worries about the medical care if the patient doesn’t try to cut corners with a promise of a cost cutting procedure

      We only went through Chennai, but I remember clear streets and trash trucks, not sights often seen on our trip south. Pondicherry is one of my favorite places in all of India. But of course, if one is going for a procedure, you would go with the best docs and hospitals are! .I think it is a terrific idea with the worst part being the very long plane ride, to and from! Thanks for the comment!


  2. YellowCable says:

    I recently watched a TV show in UK about operation (cosmetic reason in this case) and it went wrong. The woman had to get correction later in UK. I guess, you need to do homework about the place you choose.


    • annetbell says:

      Well, since medicine is not an exact science, things can and do go wrong. Extensive research is very important , and hope for good results anywhere you are having the surgery. Thanks for the comment!


  3. spicyessence says:

    This is amazing! Thanks for sharing!


  4. Nice post!

    Medical tourism benefits the country and the visiting patient bilaterally. It does cut cost tremendously especially in the major surgeries. And thats the reason people all over the globe are welcoming this trend.

    India has no dearth of medical specialists.
    If you do thourough research about the hospitals and doctors you choose, there is nothing that should hold you back.


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