MEDICAL & DENTAL HEALTH CARE SCENARIO IN INDIA
WITH HEALTH TOURISM IN PERSPECTIVE
India offers a range of world quality hospitals and treatments,
which is substantially lower than the costs in developed
countries, with comparable success rates and service levels
directly in proportion to the high-value system and natural
caring that comes with its heritage. Indian hospitals are
becoming known internationally for standards of health care
delivery comparable to the best in the world. India has the
technology and the skilled super-specialists coupled with sound
infrastructure and professional management, nurses and
paramedical staff, which make the health care sector comparable
to international standards. Foreign visitors to India are
increasingly seeking Ayurveda, Dentistry and Allopathic systems
of medicine these days, hoping to cure themselves, spending much
lower than what they would incur in their home countries.
Dental treatment in India is becoming increasingly popular with
foreign visitors. Dental treatment is sometimes not reimbursed
by the national health schemes of some countries and is
expensive. They can come to India and get their teeth fixed at a
fraction of the cost back home. A dentist can charge US Dollars
300 to 400 for a filling. It costs only US Dollars 20 in India.
A root canal is US Dollars 3,000 in the West but only US Dollars
70 to 100 in India. Dentures can cost US Dollars 1000 overseas
but only US Dollars 200 in India.
Millions of people every year fly from USA, and Europe to
tourist places in India for a grand holiday and DENTAL
TREATMENT. Yes, it's true. The cost of dental treatment in the
western countries is approximately 7-10 times more than that in
India. With these high costs people have started to club their
tours with dental treatments, ending up by having a grand
holiday almost FREE.
In the UK, where National Health Service covers dental health, a
root canal patient will have to wait for over a year. The choice
would be between bearing the pain and visiting a private doctor
and paying an exorbitant fee. Britishers are taking the third
option. Curing their teeth while touring India.
Some medical insurance firms in the UK are taking the initiative
and are coming up with plans to sell India as a destination for
pleasure-cum-business tourism. ''The entire trip would be
cheaper for tourist-patients compared to what they would pay to
their dentist for say a full mouth rehab,'' says Deepak Ghai, of
Kash Associates and Management Consultancy Services, who is also
tying up with a Florida-based company.
''The facilities would include dental sittings, domestic travel
and sightseeing and accommodation in guest houses or smaller
hotels. We plan to go operational this season and are expecting
20-30 tourist-patients by mid-November.'' says Ghai.
Others are also trying to lure Western tourists to Singapore and
Malaysia. Says Ghai, ''A certain segment of tourists is mainly
interested in doing the Golden Triangle. They would get their
teeth done in one of these countries where the cost is less than
in their home country. But if you give them India as an added
destination, it is too tempting.''
The agencies are mainly focussing on the 45 to 60 age group.
''This is when dental problems begin to worry a majority of
people,'' says Chadha, ''and this is also when you have more
money to spend on travel.'' An additional incentive is the legal
aspect. While hospitals, which do, complicated surgery and
complete body profiles need legal safeguards, dental treatment
has fewer medico-legal risks.
A good time to smile and help the world smile.
So, why not come to Kochi, the Queen of the Arabian Sea and the
center spot in Kerala, God's own country, for dental treatment?
Medical and Dental Health Care Scenario in India with health
tourism in perspective.
Dental tourism - Facilities we offer at our clinic
Tourist information on Kochi.
Traveler's Guide to Safe Dental Care