"We have not come to that stage of taking that leap in medical tourism yet," said B. Suman, Tourism Director, for not participating in the expo. "Hospitals here have not come up as expected," Mr. Suman said. "However, a meeting will be held in the end of April and the Government will be planning some promotion in West Asia and Europe," he added.
Insurance companies prefer sending patients only to JCI certified hospitals.
Ironically, IT and biotech have forged ahead, while medical tourism is still struggling to emerge out of its embryonic state.
Presently, flow of foreign patients can be at best described as ‘modest’. In a day, only about 15 to 20 patients from Bangladesh, Middle East, Sri Lanka, are admitted at Apollo, Care and L.V. Prasad Eye Institute. Given the presence of best doctors, when compared globally, this is modest.