While India’s medical tourism sector is booming regardless, a growing piece of this intricate puzzle is the medical tourism sector. With a growing number of people choosing to travel for medical procedures, India has been a major benefactor, becoming a leader in this growing industry and spreading awareness of their world-class medical system. While India is already a well-known medical destination, it’s expected in 2016 to grow according to FlightHub, an online travel agency based in North America. FlightHub reviews travel trends continuously as to keep their finger on the pulse of consumer demand in an industry that is evolving all the time.
FlightHub says the biggest factor in drawing patients to India is cost. Across the board, India offers costly procedures at a fraction of their cost in the United States. According to Health Tourism India these savings can represent as much as 80 percent reduction in price for life- saving operations such as transplants and other critical procedures. Here is a list of procedures and their varying average costs from the United States to India.
- Bone Marrow Transplant – United States Cost: $250,000 India Cost: $69,000
- Liver Transplant – United States Cost: $300,000 India Cost: $69,000
- Heart Surgery – United States Cost: $30,000 India Cost: $8,000
- Orthopaedic Surgery – United States Cost: $20,000 India Cost: $6,000
In addition to critical procedures, India is also a haven for cosmetic procedures, especially dental. Below are some cost breakdowns for dental procedures at high-end clinics in the United States and India.
- Smile Designing – United States Cost: $8,000 India Cost: $1,000
- Dental Implants – United States Cost: $3,500 India Cost: $800
- Root Canal Treatment – United States Cost: $1,000 India Cost: $100
- Tooth Impactions – United States Cost: $2,000 India Cost: $100
It is highly anticipated that many will continue to travel to India to see the benefits of these reduced costs. In addition to cost savings, medical tourists get the chance to travel abroad, may benefit from reduced wait times, and will see doctors who are just as qualified as ones located in North America.