Dr Deepali Bhardwaj, a Dermatologist based in New Delhi, said: “India is receiving a huge number of patients from other countries because doctors and medical services in India are astoundingly great and can be availed at a cheaper price. Cosmetic procedures like lasers, Botox and skin surgeries such as facelift and nose jobs etc are very costly in other countries. There is an array from patients running towards India, especially from Bangladesh and Afghanistan because these kinds of surgeries are not covered in any kind of insurance.”
“I receive 30 to 40 patients every month who come on Medical Visas from other countries. I also get many patients from Europe because in India we use European machines that are otherwise very costly in other countries, and definitely attract patients to rush for availing these services,” she said.
Rehana from Korea has recently got a nose job and cosmetic skin treatments done at Dr Bhardwaj’s clinic that would have cost her over Rs 60,000 to 70,000 in her country. In India she got the services for Rs 35,000, with good results.
The majority of private hospitals in Delhi receive a good number of patients from other countries, and hospitals in the NCR are also swarmed with patients on Medical Visas.
“Besides metros, multi-specialty hospitals in NCR like Faridabad and Gurgaon have been witnessing a robust growth over the years in terms of international patient footfalls. On an average we have 2000 international patients visiting our hospitals for their medical needs. Majority of our overseas patients are from the Middle East countries, Afghanistan, South Africa, Nigeria and others,” said Neha Pandey, Director, International Marketing, Asian Institute of Medical Sciences, Faridabad.