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Health Blog by Dr.Uday Nair


Medical Tourism India and Medical Tourism (a.k.a. Health Tourism India) is a developing concept whereby people from world over visit India for their medical and relaxation needs. Most common treatments are heart surgery, knee transplant, cosmetic surgery and dental care. The reason India is a favourable destination is because of it's infrastructure and technology in which is in par with those in USA, UK and Europe.

Medical Tourism in India

Indian corporate hospitals excel in cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery, joint replacement, orthopedic surgery, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, transplants and urology to name a few. The various specialties covered are Neurology, Neurosurgery, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Rheumatology, Endocrinology, ENT, Pediatrics, Pediatric Surgery, Pediatric Neurology, Urology, Nephrology, Dermatology, Dentistry, Plastic Surgery, Gynecology, Pulmonology, Psychiatry, General Medicine & General Surgery

The various facilities in India include full body pathology, comprehensive physical and gynecological examinations, dental checkup, eye checkup, diet consultation, audiometry, spirometry, stress & lifestyle management, pap smear, digital Chest X-ray, 12 lead ECG, 2D echo colour doppler, gold standard DXA bone densitometry, body fat analysis, coronary risk markers, cancer risk markers, carotid colour doppler, spiral CT scan and high strength MRI. Each test is carried out by professional M.D. physicians, and is comprehensive yet pain-free.

There is also a gamut of services ranging from General Radiography, Ultra Sonography, Mammography to high end services like Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Digital Subtraction Angiography along with intervention procedures, Nuclear Imaging. The diagnostic facilities offered in India are comprehensive to include Laboratory services, Imaging, Cardiology, Neurology and Pulmonology. The Laboratory services include biochemistry, hematology, microbiology, serology, histopathology, transfusion medicine and RIA.

All medical investigations are conducted on the latest, technologically advanced diagnostic equipment. Stringent quality assurance exercises ensure reliable and high quality test results.

As Indian corporate hospitals are on par, if not better than the best hospitals in Thailand, Singapore, etc there is scope for improvement, and the country may become a preferred medical destination. In addition to the increasingly top class medical care, a big draw for foreign patients is also the very minimal or hardly any waitlist as is common in European or American hospitals. In fact, priority treatment is provided today in Indian hospitals.

The Apollo Group, Escorts Hospitals in New Delhi and Jaslok Hospitals in Mumbai are to name a few which are established names even abroad.The Hindujas and NM Excellence in Mumbai, also have built capabilities and are handling a steadily increasing flow of foreign patients.India has much more expertise than say Thailand or Malaysia. The infrastructure in some of India's hospitals is also very good. What is more significant is that the costs are much less, almost one-third of those in other Asian countries.In Cochin we have hospitals like LakeShore Hospital,Medical Trust Hospital,Amrita Institute of Medical Science,Lissie Hospial and Heart Institute etc.

 For eg-A heart care surgery which costs in the region of USD 30,000 in USA can cost as low as USD 8,000 in India. This clearly states the price difference that exists in India when compared to the west.

Sl. No.
Name of procedure
No. of days in hospital
No. of days in ICU
Package Rate
US $
1Total Hip Replacement (Single hip) Cemented (including implants)                  1226,700
2Total Hip Replacement (Single hip) Uncemented (including implants)          1227,900
3Total Knee Replacement (Single) (including implants)1227,700
4Arthroscopy of Knee (Keyhole surgery of knee-Diagnostic + Partial Menisectomy)33,100
5Arthroscopic ACL reconstruction (including implants)        515,200
6Tenis Elbow52,500
7Carpal Tunnel Syndrome / Carpel Tunnel Release52,500
8Dequervain's Tenosynovitis or Trigger Finger52,400
1Liposuction Each region                      4 - 52,000
2Mini Tummy Tuck                          4 - 62,100
3Full Tummy Tuck - Abdominoplasty      10 - 121 - 24,000
4Full Tummy Tuck with hernia repair (including implants)   10 - 142 - 34,500
5Breast Augmentation (including implants)                 4 - 64,500
6Breast Reduction           10 - 121 - 24,000
7Rhinoplasty (Nose correction)           8 - 103,300
8Breast lift (Ptosis correction) 5 - 73,500
9Bat ear correction            2 - 32,000
10Eye lid lift - Blepharoplasty               4 - 52,200
1Alveolectomy (Per arch)1148
2Composite resin filling (Per tooth) OP40
3Extractions (Per tooth)OP17
4Periodontal surgeries (Per quadrant)1143
5Surgical removal of impacted teeth (Per tooth)1143
6Root canal treatment (Per tooth)OP120
7Single sitting root canal treatment (Per tooth)1170
8Teeth scaling (Per visit)OP60
9Silver fillings (Per tooth)OP25
10Glass ionomer fillings (Per tooth)OP25
11Complete Denture (Per jaw) OP200
12Dental implantation (Per tooth)  (three visits required)OP1,215
13Ceramic crowns & bridges (Per unit)OP215
14Teeth whitening (Per procedure)  OP170
15Orthognathic surgery for jaw deformity73,600
1Laparoscopic Radical Nephrectomy                             5 - 724,400
2Laparoscopic Nephro Ureterectomy                   5 - 724,400
3Percutanious Nephrolithotripsy (PCNL)                                                6 - 72,400
4Laparoscopic Adrenelectomy                     5 - 724,500
5Laparoscopic Hernia Repair                                        512,500
6Transurethral Resection of Prostate (TURP)                                6 - 713,000
7Tension free vaginal tape (TVT) for stress incontinence in females (including implants)  32,500
8Laparoscopic  Pyeloplasty                    5 - 614,400
9Laparoscopic Varicocelectomy              21,500
10Laparoscopic Nephrectomy                         5 - 623,000
1Thyroplasty & Corrective surgery           412,500
2Uvulo palato pharyngoplasty        10 - 1212,500
3Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery                41,500
4Repair of CSF leak (Endoscopic)                              712,500
5Tympanoplasty                   72,000
6Myringoplasty                51,500
7Modified Radical Mastoidectomy             72,500
8Stapedectomy          41,500
9Lothrop's procedure for frontal sinusitis              712,000
2Off Pump CABG1026,500
3Awake CABG1026,000
4VALVE Repair (Cost of the valve,rings will be charges extra)1026,000
5ASD Repair1014,500
6VSD Repair1025,500
7Closed Heart Surgery1023,500
All procedure packages include the following:
·Registration & admission charges
·Cost of implants (if any selected by the hospital)
·Medicine & consumables for the procedure (selected by the hospital)
·Operation Theatre charges
·Suite room accomodation charges
·Nursing charges
·Surgery / procedure charges
·Patient diet charges
·Special services including Bath towel, Soap, Shampoo, Newspaper, Flower, Fruit basket and Sanitary paper
The package do not include:
·Additional charges beyond the permitted days, including room rent/ICU charges, diet charges etc.
·Pre-existing disease management
·Take home medicines
·Telephone charges
·Bystander food expense
·Other specialist's consultation, if required



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sunshine said...

Very informative post. It is true that many people now days need those kind of treatment or surgery that is beneficial and safety. You the one . keep it up.

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