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Medical tourist arrivals in India up 25%

Medical tourism industry likely to reach $6 bn by 2018 from the current $3 bn a year

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Sharath Chowdary Hyderabad
The country is witnessing 22-25 per cent growth in medical tourism and healthcare providers expect the industry will double to $6 billion by 2018 from $3 billion now.

The ministries of health, external affairs, tourism and culture are working to increase the number of medical tourists. The government provides online visas, multiple entries, extensions of stay, and accreditation to more hospitals. Several other measures are under way, according to the Indian Medical Association (IMA).  “The government has improved the visa policy to make it patient friendly. There is no waiting time for foreign patients at hospitals,” said Radhey Mohan, vice president,

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First Published: Apr 22 2017 | 10:30 PM IST

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