Medical Tourism Site To Be Launched By Government – Financial Chronicle – 5-Dec-2014
December 11, 2014 - Uncategorized
The new government is taking medical tourism seriously. After relaxing some of the registration procedures for international patients a few months ago, the government is set to launch a website to promote medical tourism.
The Indian Medical Tourism website will provide more reliable information about different hospitals in India and various specialties and treatments offered by them. The commerce ministry has roped in International for Market Research and Consultancy (IMRB) service for the website.
“The ministry has sought data from different hospitals. Dissemination of data at the government-level will add to the credibility of hospitals and treatments,’ said Anas Abdul Wajid of Max Healthcare. The government had also relaxed some of the medical visa norms a few months back. Medical visa holders would no longer be required to report to the Foreign Regional Registration Office (FRRO) if their visa was for less than 180 days. “Even for registration, one need not walk into the regional office as online facility has been launched for the purpose,” said Jithu Jose, general manager at Apollo Hospitals.
In order to promote inbound travel, the government had also launched electronic visa facility for 43 countries. However, the healthcare sector has not benefited much from the facility as the countries included in the list are not major source markets for Indian medical tourism.
“SAARC countries send a lot of patients to India. Among them, only Maldives has been included in the list and with a meagre population of less than four lakh, not much traction can be expected from there. Similarly, not many African countries are part of the list,” said Jose.