The central government is preparing to connect foreign insurance companies with hospitals in the country. It aims to give a new impetus to medical tourism. Giving information about the scheme, Union Tourism Minister Prahlad Patel said that foreign insurance companies will be connected to Ayurvedic clinics, wellness centers, and large hospitals of the country to get the most out of medical tourism.
To meet this, a working group is being formed. The Union Minister said that tourists coming with insurance cover will get the service of treatment easily. Payment of medical expenses from insurance cover will also be completed on time.
Right now they are facing many troubles under this process. In this regard, insurance plans of Singapore and other countries are being studied. Patel said that to make this area more convenient, a list of other wellness centers and hospitals including AYUSH of India is prepared.
Medical tourism was $ 104.68 billion last year
According to Allied Market Research, last year medical tourism was estimated at $ 104.68 billion, which is projected to increase to $ 273.72 billion by 2027. According to the Indian tourism data of the year 2018, the number of medical tourists in India had doubled in just three years.
In the year 2017, 22 percent of the total tourists coming from West Asia came to take advantage of healthcare. The number of such tourists was 15.7 percent. Countries with prevalent medical tourism in the world include India, Brunei, Cuba, Colombia, Hong Kong, Hungary, Jordan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, and the US.