Medical Tourism in India is a growing trend, with increasing numbers of patients from Europe, the Middle East and India's neighboring countries coming to India for specialized treatment at very reasonable prices.
Certain medical and legal aspects of medical tourism need to be kept in mind, since Medical Tourism to India is still a very new field.
Medical Visa: The Government of India has recently authorized a new category of visas for prospective medical tourists. This Medical Visa will enable patients who wish to travel to India for medical reasons, to enter India on this specialized visa, and stay for the duration of their treatment.
Medical Insurance: This is another area about which patients should remain informed. Currently medical insurance firms in the West may not recognize treatment at a hospital in India as part of their medical insurance policy. Thus a patient may have to fund his or her own treatment, which could be a significant amount, though still far less than the same treatment in a privately run hospital in the west.
Legal Issues: The legal aspects of medical tourism are undefined at present. All medical procedures carry an element of risk. Even routine surgery may sometimes lead to medical complications. A patient may be unsatisfied with the results of their surgery or medical treatment, and wish to seek legal recourse. Currently there is no international legal regulation of medical tourism. As medical tourism increases worldwide, it is likely that an international regulatory authority will come into being. If an international legal framework were to come into place then issues of jurisdiction between a patient's home country and the country where the medical treatment was availed can be resolved.
These are some precautionary points to be considered while planning your medical tour to India.
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