Medical treatment

India develops one-stop portal for foreigners seeking medical treatment

A general view of the lobby is pictured at Fortis Memorial Hospital in Gurgaon, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India May 20, 2015. REUTERS

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A general view of the lobby is pictured at Fortis Memorial Hospital in Gurgaon, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India May 20, 2015. REUTERS

India said today that a one-stop portal is being developed to provide credible information to foreigners seeking medical treatment in India.

Addressing a roundtable with senior Indian foreign service officials, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said the government is committed to making India a global hub of medical value by further enhancing its traditional medicine industry and by boosting the “Heal in India” and “Heal by India” campaigns. reports our New Delhi correspondent.

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He suggested setting up facilitation centers in Indian embassies around the world for people wishing to travel to India for treatment.

Additionally, a system to get feedback from people receiving treatment in India can also be instituted as “this will help our medical tourism sector,” Mandaviya said.

He noted that India, with its high-end healthcare ecosystem and world-class medical facilities, has become an attraction for the whole world.

“Today, people from different countries of the world come in large numbers to India for medical treatment. In a bid to further boost medical tourism, the Indian government has launched the ‘Heal in India’ scheme,” Mandaviya said. .

Stressing the need to strengthen agreements with other countries in the field of medical sector, the health minister said that India has an agreement with Japan to provide qualified nurses.

Such agreements have also been made with other countries for qualified medical personnel, he added.

These types of opportunities should be explored to promote medical value tourism, he suggested.

He also said that the cost of medical treatment in India is 65-90% lower than the cost of treatment in the United States.

In India, there are 696 hospitals – equal to or better than global quality standards, according to Mandaviya.