Govt to give health tourism a boost


KOCHI
The Union Government has taken all-out efforts to make the Indian health tourism industry globally competitive. The foremost in the agenda is to bring down the cost of healthcare in the country, Vayalar Ravi, Union Minister for Overseas Affairs, has said.

Health tourism or the provision of cost-effective private medical care in collaboration with the tourism industry for patients needing surgical and other forms of specialised treatment was gaining momentum in developing countries, he said in his address at a global conference, Health Tourism 2013, organised by the KSIDC and CII here.

The idea of health tourism was slowly but surely generating interest all across the world. With rising medical costs and sophisticated practices, the Minister said people were looking at and exploring various economic options and alternatives.

In this context, the idea of health tourism was a welcome suggestion, he said, adding that merging health treatment and recuperation with a family holiday at affordable prices was too good an opportunity to miss.

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