|A typical medical tourism package includes various services that come in competent prices.The medical history of the patient is emailed and discussed,the patient is received at the airport,he is escorted to the hospital for treatment,and following discharge, is offered a recuperative holiday at a resort after which a post treatment check up is ensured before final departure.This is an all inclusive package for the patient and the accompanying person.
The demand for medical treatment and surgery in Kerala is increasing especially in the gulf and Europe.The NRIs who prefer treatment in their home country,are playing a significant role in this regard.Several MNCs offer medical treatment options to employees and families at cost effective rates. What with soaring health care costs and long waits for medical procedures in the West, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find quality, affordable treatment there.India and especially Kerala is emerging as a major medical tourism destination.
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has declared 2006-2007 as Medical Tourism Year in Kerala, one of India’s most attractive states. India is being promoted for its cheap health care, and Indian medical tourism packages in Kerala are especially desirable because of the scenic surroundings,including the famous backwaters. Visitors get to enjoy the luscious greenery of the Kerala palms while cruising down the serene backwaters in comfortable kettuvallams following quality yet affordable health care at the state-of-the-art hospitals present in the state.
Short term health care facilities can be obtained at any of the westernized beach resorts along the coast of Kerala, such as those found in Varkala, Kovalam, or Kollam. With the immense growth and projected revenue stream of up to 2.3 billion USD by the year 2012, Indian medical tourism,especially Kerala health tourism,sees a bright future.Major healthcare providers in Kerala are in the process of promoting e Medical Tourism in the state.In the light of all this,one can look forward to seeing India and especially Kerala as a major medical tourism destination.