Medical Tourism

Kerala to become India’s healthcare hub in five years


With greater number of hospitals getting accredited and receiving recognition, and greater awareness on the need to develop their quality to meet international standards, Kerala is preparing itself on a five year mission to become India’s healthcare hub, said Dr Harish Pillai, CEO of Aster Medcity.

Announcing the fifth edition of Kerala health tourism (KHT) summit to be held in Kochi on two days from October 30, Pillai said the programme aimed at creating an awareness and getting the stakeholders together to promote Kerala as the hub for medical tourism in India by 2020, reports The Economic Times.

KHT has brought about greater awareness amongst hospitals to stick to quality standards and get themselves accredited, he said in the absence of Dr Azad Moopen, chairman of the fifth edition of KHT.

The event is organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) with the support of Kerala government. The four editions of KHTs helped increase the medical tourists arrival in Kerala by 30 to 40 %, according to Pillai. “Chennai alone gets 150 patients per day from overseas. “Our target is to attract 300 patients per day from abroad to Kerala,” he said.


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