What is Medical Tourism?

Medical tourismis one of the growing concept for Medical Travelers travelling to various countries for getting quality healthcare. Some people travel to developed countries for availing high quality care where as others travel to for availing affordable medical treatment.

What is a Medical Tourism Facilitator?

Medical Tourism Facilitator is an Independent company working as a bridge between healthcare service providers / Hospitals and patient seeking Medical Treatment abroad. A Facilitators carefully understands the requirement and need of Medical Travel and get the best treatment plan, treatment cost and also negotiates with healthcare service provides / hospital on behalf of Patient and work as a gatekeeper. Also manages complete life cycle of Medical Travelers.

What are the types of medical procedures that Medical Travelers usually seek in India?

India is amongst the top 3 Medical Tourism destination offering wide range of Medical & Wellness Treatment such as cardiac, transplants, cosmetic surgery, hip and knee replacements, dental procedures, infertility treatments.

Can Quality of Medical Treatment in India be trusted?

Over 3,00,000 Medical Travelers from over 64 countries travel to India for Medical Treatment annually. India has NABH and JCI accredited Healthcare Service Providers and many of the doctors are educated in US and UK. Some have even practiced in the US for years and remain Board Certified in the US. Most of the hospitals in US and UK have a majority Indian doctors.

What is the cost savings compared to the costs in my country?

The potential cost savings for medical Travelers are huge and this is the one of the important factors in seeking treatment in India. The cost for each individual will vary depending on their need and requirements. Usually, an elective procedure such as a knee replacement would cost on average of $30,000 in the US. Whereas getting that same procedure done using similar quality parts in India would cost 40 - 60% less than the cost in the US, including the hospital stay, all procedure and physician’s costs and transportation to and from India. The costs compared to UK are similarly lower by about 40 - 60%. This is mainly possible because of favorable currency exchange rates.

How much time will I have to wait for admission to a hospital and for procedure to get done?

In India, there is no waiting period or queuing up, either for diagnostic procedures or for treatment. Healthcare is not worth it when there is a prolonged waiting time. After the initial diagnosis is done and the medical procedure decided upon, your surgery/intervention will be scheduled quickly. In a matter of days any medical procedure can be completed, unlike in some countries where even the diagnostic procedure could take many weeks or months.

When making a trip to India for a medical treatment, what are the essential documents I need to carry along?

Below are some of the documents a Medical Travelers should carry while travelling

  1. Complete Medical History/ Records including Test reports, Doctor referral notes, X-rays, Medical condition and any other medical document received from doctor / Hospital.
  2. Contact details –
    1. Medical Travel Company / Hospital / Drivers / Any other person co-ordinating
  3. Passport size photos – keep 10-15 in hand for various purposes
  4. Bank statement/ Details of Health insurance /

Should I take vaccinations before coming to India?

Vaccinations and up-to-date immunizations are a safeguard for any international travel. However, please check with the doctor in your home country, any Government advisory and also the hospital in India as to what should be taken. The recommended vaccinations would normally be from the following list:

  1. Diptheria Pertussis and Tetanus (DPT)
  2. Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
  3. Polio (Oral Polio Vaccine or Injectable Polio Vaccine)
  4. Hemophilus b conjugate vaccine (Hib)
  5. Hepatitis A
  6. Hepatitis B (when stay goes beyond 60 days)
  7. Typhoid
  8. Japanese B encephalitis (JBE)

How will I get the Medical VISA?

Once you decide on India as medical travel destination, an invitation letter will be provided for visa processing. The Invitation letter will be sent to Medical Traveller; this has to be presented at the ‘Embassy’ or ‘High Commission of India’ in your country.

Is it possible for my family members/ attendant travelling along with me for my treatment to obtain Medical Visas?

Attendants/family members of patients coming to India for medical treatment will have to apply for Medical Attendant visa (MEDX) co-terminus with the Medical visa of the patient. A letter will be will be useful here as well.

If a necessity of a repeat visit arises, how many are allowed?

A maximum of 3 entries are allowed in one year.

Can I travel immediately after treatment?

It will depend on the period of recuperation for the specific treatment. Based on your Doctor’s advice your return travel can be planned

What are the acceptable modes of payment?

All major modes of payments are accepted in India – Cash/ International Master or Visa Credit Card, Travellers cheque etc.

What if something goes wrong during the operation?

As these are medical treatments, there are rare but chances that treatment may go wrong, it depends on individual to individual and criticalness of the patient. Our team of doctors will try best to cure the patient, however in case things go wrong, patient has to understand and we arrange for all other necessities if may required. You may ask us to do the running second opinion from other team of doctors in same field by paying additional charges, and if they say its doctors fault, you can take necessary steps against the Healthcare Service Provider / Hospital.

eExpedise Healthcare is just a Medical facilitating company and work towards bridging a gap between healthcare service providers / Hospitals and Medical Travelers.

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