Recession a boon for med tourism

by Jyoti Shelar ,  DNA Read The world | 2009-12-26

Many people from America and Europe who look to India for medical procedures are actually those who cannot afford insurance in their own country. "India is an attractive option for them," said Sujit Chatterjee, CEO, Dr LH Hiranandani Hospital. Apart from Americans and Europeans, low earning groups from Asian and middle-east countries are also attracted to India.

On the other hand, many from the developed countries are also seeking medical advice and treatments in India.

"We have seen a 20% rise in the medical tourism turnover. It is obvious that many foreigners are coming down for treatment," said Anupam Verma, vice-president of the Medical Tourism Council of Maharashtra.

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