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India Medical Tourism: Facts & Figures 2014

India Medical Tourism: Facts & Figures 2014



India is an amazing travel destination.  It heaves with an unbelievable array of cultures, traditions, people, and ways of life; its terrain, flora, fauna, and natural beauty are breathtaking; and there’s a colorful spirituality alive in its countless devotional festivals, sacred sites, and religious rituals.

India is also one of health travel’s most dynamic and popular destinations among Westerners, earning it a ranking in the top-5 most popular destinations in the world and in the top-3 in Asia.

Marketwise, the affordable medical tourism in India generates huge sums of money throughout the country from an abundance of overseas patients:

  • 5 main centers of care: Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, and New Delhi
  • US$3 Billion total value of medical tourism industry1
  • 300,000 international patients per year2

And they’re coming from all over the world, too, with the top-6 Western countries sending the most foreign medical tourists to India being:

  • USA
  • UK
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • France
  • Australia

India’s health & wellness travel industry has been so successful because of its state-of-the-art hospitals and clinics, 25 of which have earned prestigious Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation covering all disciplines of medicine…

…and because of the array of treatments on offer from world-class doctors and surgeons.  The 4 most popular among medical tourists are:

  • Cardiovascular care
  • Dentistry
  • Orthopedics
  • Cosmetic surgery

In addition to the high-quality care (Harvard-affiliated Wockhardt Hospital has performed over 20,000 heart procedures with an astounding 98% success rate that surpasses both US and EU standards), overseas patients in India enjoy major savings of up to 65-90%, and particularly low-cost cardiovascular procedures:

Costs in US $




Heart Valve




Heart Bypass




As well as significantly lower medical bills in orthopedics, too:

Costs in US $




Hip Replacement




Knee Replacement




The other thing about India medical tourism is that the variety of medical expertise includes not only modern conventional treatments, but also alternative ones like famous Ayurveda therapies.  With data from the Association of Ayurvedic Physicians of India, the numbers are encouraging for anyone interested in the use of traditional medicine to treat ailments like asthma, diabetes, and hypertension:

  • 450,000 registered Ayurveda practitioners
  • 250 Ayurvedic colleges/institutes in India
  • 8,500 licensed Ayurveda pharmacies
  • 7,000 manufacturers of therapeutic meds

But quality and cost effectiveness are only two of the key ingredients of a successful medical tourism destination.  Your trip should also be safe, you should be able to communicate clearly, and you should have the option of making it a true medical holiday.

India’s medical tourism industry continues to thrive, and grow, because it delivers the total package.

1 – “Medical Tourism India in Numbers,” Mint Digital Lab,, 04 Oct 2015.
2 – “Top Medical Tourism Destinations Series: India,”, 01 Oct 2015.