Medical Tourism

Corporate India laments first-advantage loss in medical tourism

Prathap C. Reddy, the cardiologist who built a hospital chain valued at US$2 billion (RM6.5 billion) over three decades in India, says he’s seeking growth overseas as the nation’s visa policies drive medical tourists to rivals.

Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd. was considering hospitals in Indonesia, Cambodia and Tanzania, Reddy said in an interview at his Chennai office. Growth in the number of visitors seeking treatment for heart ailments, cancer and orthopaedic surgery was falling short of Reddy’s estimates as India’s special visa for patients forced them to visit an immigration office, he said.

India, which offers the world’s biggest savings for US medical tourists, is losing clients to Singapore and Thailand as visa rules and greater awareness of drug-resistant germs that spread from the South Asian nation scare away patients. Government neglect meant India might fail to tap the US$40 billion market that’s expanding 25 per cent a year, said Josef Woodman, founder of the guidebook Patients Beyond Borders.

Full report here Malay Mail


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