Best Hospitals in Pune

Ruby Hall Clinic

Ruby Hall Clinic Ruby Hall Clinic was founded by Dr. K.B. Grant, an eminent cardiologist, in 1959 as a small nursing home. Today Ruby Hall Clinic boasts of 550 inpatient beds including 130 intensive care beds; with staff strength of 150 consultants, 500 panel doctors and 1400 paramedical staff. It has many distinctions in its half a century existence. It was the first hospital to introduce Intensive Care and Coronary Care Units in 1969. Pune’s first kidney transplant as well as first test tube baby happened in this hospital. It also started cobalt therapy for cancer treatment and MRI/CT scan facilities and the Air Ambulance for the first time. The hospital has brought the most advanced Imaging technology – Positron Emission Tomography to Pune. The hospital currently has three Cardiac Cath Labs and two Linear Accelerators. Being a charitable trust hospital; medical care for the underprivileged has always been a priority of the management.
Address: Ruby Hall Clinic 40, Sassoon Road,
Pune- 411001, Maharashtra
Phone: +91 20 – 26163391.
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Jehangir Hospital

Jehangir HospitaL Established in 1946 the Jehangir Hospital today stands as an institution renowned for the medical excellence and dedication of its consultants and the care and compassion of its staff. Started with just a few beds, on the 6th of February 1946, it became the city’s first private hospital. Jehangir Hospital, keeping abreast with the changing times has tied up with Apollo Hospitals. In 2002, the two organisations engineered the most extensive renovation and modernisation in the hospital’s 60 year history, which has taken Jehangir from a 150 bed multispeciality hospital to a 325 bed tertiary care hospital .
Address:Jehangir Hospital
32, Sassoon Road Pune – 411001
Phone: 66819999, 66811000

Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital and Research Centre

Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital and Research CentreDeenanath Mangeshkar Hospital and Research Centre, a multi specialty hospital, is one of the most renowned and reliable private hospitals of Pune city, which is run by the Mangeshkar family. Though a private hospital, it offers medical treatment to patients at a nominal rate so that people from all walks of life can afford to avail medical facilities of the hospital. The Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital and Research Centre has certain welfare foundations such as the Lata Mangeshkar Medical Foundation and the Jnana Prabodhini Medical Trust. The best patient rooms in the hospital include refrigerators, air condition, Internet connection, telephone, safe and wardrobe. DM hospital has 115 beds consist 13 ICU beds and 3 operation theatres. This hospital provides total health care facilities.

Address: Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital
Erandawne, Pune 411 004.
Phone: +91 20 40151000 / 66023000
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KEM Hospital

KEM HospitalThe KEM Hospital is the largest Non-Government Organization hospital in Pune. The hospital is a 550-bedded, tertiary-level teaching institution, serving not only the people of the city itself, but also a large populace coming from the surrounding urban and rural areas. The KEM also runs a secondary level Rural Hospital at Vadu, which serves a rural population of about 68,000 people through a network of primary health centers. In 1912, Sardar Srinivas Moodliar established a small charitable dispensary with four maternity beds in memory of King Edward VII on his own land. Today it houses a Centre for Children, the Physiotherapy Unit, various Diagnostic Services, the A.H.Wadia Operation Theatre Suite consisting of 5 operation theatres and related facilities, the KEM Hospital Research Centre, the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and the Adult ICU.
Address: KEM Hospital Sardar Moodliar Road,
Rasta Peth, Pune 411011.
Phone: 26125224, 66037300, 66037408

Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital (ABMH)

Aditya Birla Memorial HospitalAditya Birla Memorial Hospital is a homage and tribute to late Mr. Aditya Birla, a medicity sprawled over 16 acres of land. This 500-bed multi-speciality medical centre functions in a filmless and paperless digital environment, backed by cutting edge medical technology and IT resources. The aim is to create a centre of life where elements of nature augment the healing environment and offer holistic healthcare under one roof. The centrally air-conditioned hospital with a 500-bed facility and 13 operation theatres is equipped with state-of-the-art technology. In keeping with the traditions of the Aditya Birla Group, ABMH offers comprehensive healthcare facilities to all strata of society. Special provisions will be made for those unable to afford high medical costs.

Address: Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital
Aditya Birla Hospital Marg
Chinchwad, Pune 411 033
Phone: 91-20-3071 7655
Help Desk 91-020-3071 7615/ 91-020-3071 7777(emergency)
Sancheti Institute For Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

Sancheti Institute For Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation Sancheti Institute, a 200 bedded, dedicated orthopaedic hospital, with a built up area of more than 1, 50,000 sq. ft. is one of the largest private orthopaedic super specialty facility in South East Asia. The hospital renders highly specialized services in all areas of orthopaedics which include Joint Replacement, Traumatology, Spinal Surgery, Pediatrics Orthopaedic, Arthroscopy and Sports Injuries, Hand and Plastic Surgery. This focus on innovation has led to the development of unique products such as the Indus Knee Joint, India’s first completely indigenous knee implant that has helped arthritic patients, across the country to achieve pain free mobility. .
Address: Sancheti Institute For Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation
16, Shivaji Nagar, Pune – 411005. .
Phone: (020) 28 999 999, 27 999 999
Sahyadri Specialty Hospital

Sahyadri Specialty Hospital Sahyadri Hospitals is the largest chain of hospitals in Maharashtra. Sahyadri Speciality Hospital is a Multi Super Speciality hospital 180 bedded with the right blend of experienced expertise, latest technology and professional management to provide high quality medical care comparable to the best in the western world. Sahyadri Speciality Hospital boasts of a Team of Medical Consultants dedicated to work exclusively within the Sahyadri Group of Hospitals who are the most sought after experts in their own fields with National & International acclaim.
Address: Sahyadri Speciality Hospital
Plot No.30-C, Karve Road, Erandwane,
Deccan Gymkhana, Pune- 411004
Phone: 020-67213000 / 25403000 / 25403040

Kotbagi Hospital
Kotbagi Hospital Kotbagi Hospital is a progressive, full service well equipped 100-bed Hospital offering advanced medical and surgical care as well as specialty support and outpatient services. Kotbagi hospital was established in 1967, it is a Multispecialty, Superspecialty Hospital, having well equipped Operation Theater, Intensive Care Unit, Diagnostic Dept, Luxury Rooms with all facilities, 24 hours Drugs Stores that caters to the needs almost all specialty of the medical kingdom. Hospital has decided to go for 200 beds within a year along with facilities like advanced diagnostic centre, ICU, Nursing College, PG and Diploma Medical Courses. The policy should be to get involved in more and more patient health care by providing desired quality services to achieve customer delight.
Address: Kotbagi Hospital
163 D.P. Road,
Aundh Pune 411007
Phone: : 43100100
Hardikar Hospital

Hardikar Hospital Established in 1964 as a small Nursing Home, Hardikar Hospital today has a popular brand name of leading Accident Hospital and a referral for all types of Trauma and Orthopedic cases for the entire Western Maharashtra and beyond. Hardikar Hospital has specialized teams for all surgeries of Orthopaedic, Joint Replacement Unit. Hardikar Hospital has 60 beds. Their orthopedic unit caters primarily hip and knee replacements, shoulder and elbow joint replacements and secondarily Arthritic & Arthroscopic Surgeries. The Histopathology laboratory provides opinions on all kinds of cases from Orthopedic, Urology and Respiratory Medicine and highly specialized areas such as Neuropathology, Oncology and Frozen section studies including Neurosurgical cases are done routinely.
Address : Hardikar Hospital
1160/61,University Road,
Shivajinagar, Pune-411 .
Phone : +91-020-25535326,25535327,

Seth Ramdas Shah Memorial Hospital and Research Centre

Seth Ramdas Shah Memorial Hospital and Research Centre The Seth Ramdas Shah Memorial Hospital and Research Centre (SRSMH&RC) in association with Richard Wolf, GmbH, Germany is a multi-super speciality tertiary & quadrupery care hospital whose mission is to provide high quality of International standard healthcare that will meet the needs and exceed the expectations of the people of India and the surrounding nations who come to India for Medical care. With a strong team of doctors, nurses and support staff, the hospital is the first of its kind in specializing in minimal invasive surgery and other specializations. .
Address: Seth Ramdas Shah Memorial Hospital and Research Centre
F.P. 402/A, Gokhalenagar,
Off Senapati Bapat Road,Shivajinagar,
Pune – 411016 .
Phone: +91-20-2566 1226


Medicinal Spas in Hungary

Hungary has more medicinal spas than anywhere in Europe, so it is worth combining your holiday with a relaxing bathing cure.

But before you decide to take the plunge, here is some more interesting information on medicinal and thermal springs: A medicinal spa uses water rich in minerals that medical tests clearly show has health benefits. Thermal water is any naturally occurring spring that emerge at a temperature exceeding 30°C. And what is balneotherapy? Balneotherapy is the treatment of a medical condition with water from a medicinal spring – particularly water with high concentrations of dissolved minerals and sediment. Balneotherapy is combined with physiotherapy, electrotherapy and therapeutic massage. This is complemented by related treatments,including drinking cures and inhalation.

Water types and indications

Medicinal water with high calcium and iodine content is an effective cure for inflammation of the respiratory system. A high concentration of sulphur is ideally suited to the treatment of degenerative joint conditions and skin complaints. Water rich in dissolved carbon dioxide is beneficial to patients with heart conditions and those with peripheral circulatory problems. Salty water is recommended for women with gynaecological complaints and those with bladder infections and springs containing radon have a pain-killing effect.

Warning – Bathing times and recommended treatment periods » It is extremelyimportant to keep to the bathing times given, which should be increased gradually from 15 minutes to a maximum of 45 minutesat a time. A serious course of treatment should last at least two weeks. Prevention is also an increasingly important aspect of maintaining good health so wellness packages should be tailored to particular problem areas just like rehabilitative programmes are. Preventative measures also provide good foundations for a healthy way of life, but taking the time to recharge the batteries and overcome stress is also a top priority

Hungary Spas

A visit to Hungary allows a unique combination of rich cultural experience with medical, health or wellness treatments. Relaxing in warm water, rich in curative minerals in beautiful surroundings and with the prospect of massage, mud treatments and many other sorts of special treatment, is a rare luxury that you can easily afford here in Hungary!

The key to Hungary’s thermal culture is its location on the Carpathian Basin. The earth’s crust is very thin here, allowing water to rise easily to the surface. Thus it is a land of more than 1,000 hot springs. Since ancient times, and all though the History of Hungary, the hot water bubbling up all across this region has been put to good use for its beneficial effects. The ancient Romans prized the healing effects of Hungarian thermal waters and developed bathing culture in Hungary more than 2000 years ago. During the Turkish occupation in the 16th century, the Turks added their own beautiful Turkish Baths, some of which are still in use today.
Where to find them:
Spas are located in big cities and smaller towns throughout the whole country. Some are simple thermal baths serving the local community, others are larger commercial baths. All the major spas and baths in the country offer thermal pools, leisure pools and some kind of family fun areas (kids’ pools or slides of all lengths and shapes) and some count themselves as Aquaparks, (though they all feature thermal water pools). Some Spas in Budapest are housed in beautiful old buildings in Classical or Turkish style dating back anything from 100 to 400 years have become famous as tourist attractions in their own right. The biggest indoor water theme park in Central Europe is located in the outskirts of Budapest, while the largest spa complex is located in Hajdúszoboszló. Another larger-than-life phenomenon is Lake Hévíz, a real natural phenomenon with an average yearly average water temperature of 25 °C (77 °F ). This is the largest biologically active thermal lake in Europe. Tourists also enjoy the phenomenon of swimming in a huge, warm lake, even on the coldest winter day!
Hungarian spa hotels also offer cosmetic and beauty treatments of the highest quality, combining the beneficial effects of healing thermal water, professional know-how and the latest treatment trends. There are also successful Hungarian beauty products and treatments, which are based on natural active ingredients (mineral-rich thermal waters and mud).

Relaxing in Hungary’s Thermal water relieves stress and anxiety and accelerates the body’s own healing processes. Due to their chemical and biological structure, medicinal waters are:

proven to remedy locomotive disorders
beneficial for countering gynecological diseases, infertility and chronic skin problems
an effective part of the rehabilitation process following sporting injuries.
Unique Hungarian methods have been developed to make maximum use of the waters. Hydrotherapy makes use of the physical qualities of water, such as buoyance, resistance and temperature. Weight baths for treating spinal conditions, are perhaps the best-known example. Balneotherapy is the technical name for the thermal water treatments that make more use of the chemical qualities of the water, which is rich in minerals but free of nitrates, nitrites and bacterial growth. Mofetta (a sort of dry bath employing carbon dioxide bubbles) is one example of this. Medicinal and rehabilitative tourism (based on thermal water, medical caves, medical resorts, balneotherapeutical treatments and special Hungarian methods) attracts more and more patients.

Hungary, the ultimate destination for combining healing, relaxation and adventure.

Budapest Tourism


Explore by day, discover by night. But let us warn you, Budapest has lot more for you, than you may expect. So prepare for opening a treasure box!

Castle Hill

Castle HillCastle Hill – home to what you might call Buda’s ‘old town’ – has been a cultural and strategic focal point of the city for centuries and was also the site of over 30 sieges. The inevitable damage resulted in several episodes of rebuilding, often re-using stones from the rubble and lending to the district a fascinating mix of architectural styles. The showpieces are the spectacular Mátyás Church and the Buda Royal Palace to the south. In addition, the views over Pest from the Fishermen’s Bastion will take your breath away.

Buda Royal Palace

Buda Royal PalaceThe enormous building at the southern end of Castle Hill has been the royal palace, in various styles and guises, since the 14th century. It was rebuilt 400 years later and required major reconstruction work after World War II. It now houses the Budapest History Museum, the Hungarian National Gallery and the National Széchenyi Library.

Fishermen’s Bastion

Fishermen’s Bastion The Fishermen’s Bastion (Halászbástya) is often the first stop for tourists visiting Budapest, the fairytale turrets offering an elevated vantage point from which to view the city. The minarets and walls look medieval, but they were actually built in 1902 by Frigyes Schulek to complement Mátyás Church.

Gellért Hill

Visible from almost everywhere in Budapest, Gellért Hill (Gellért hegy), with the impressive Freedom Monument on its peak, is one of the city’s memorable landmarks. Gellért HillThe 14-metre monument was originally commissioned by Miklós Horthy as a memorial to his son, who died in a wartime air accident. When the Russians arrived, they replaced the propeller that the figure was originally meant to hold aloft with a palm frond to symbolize the country’s liberation from the Nazis. Just beyond the monument is the Citadella, a fortress constructed by the Habsburgs following the 1848-1849 war of independence. It now houses an open-air museum chronicling the history of the hill.

The Chain Bridge

Chain BridgeThe Chain Bridge (Lánchíd) was the first permanent link between Buda and Pest and is a fitting monument to István Széchenyi – known as the ‘Greatest Hungarian’. The bridge has a British connection too: it was designed by William Tierney Clark and constructed by Adam Clark, after whom the roundabout on the Buda side is named.

Margaret Island

Margaret Island Budapest’s playground, car-free Margaret Island (Margitsziget) has everything you need to enjoy a relaxing day – including sport stadium, numerous tennis courts, outdoor swimming complex, an open air theatre, Japanese and Rose gardens, early medieval ruins, two spa hotels and a beer garden.



The world’s second largest parliament building is a postcard favourite, particularly when reflected in the River Danube below it. It is equally lavish on the inside, but tourists must be part of an organized sightseeing tour to enter.

St Stephen’s Basilica

Named after Szent István (St Stephen) founder of the Hungarian Christian state, the basilica is visible from all over Budapest. The dome, at 315 ft is the exact height as that of the Parliament, whose builders decided not to go higher.

The Great Synagogue

SynagogueThis synagogue is the second largest in the world (after the one in New York). It has three naves and following orthodox tradition, separate galleries for women. Together the naves and galleries can accommodate up to 3,000 worshippers. It is also a focal point of Budapest’s thriving Jewish community, which holds an annual festival in and around the impressive building. The Jewish Museum can also be find here, and the Holocaust Documentation and Memorial Centre is an important and powerful reminder of one of the darkest periods in European history.

Andrássy Avenue

Andrassy AveIt was named after the former prime minister who had done much to make Budapest a true metropolis. He was determined that Budapest should have an elegant thoroughfare to emulate Paris’s Champs Elysees. The cream of Eclectic architecture is to be seen along the Avenue including the outstanding Opera House and many beautiful tenement blocks with intimate inner courtyards, statues and fountains. One of the special features of Andrassy Avenue is barely visible on the surface. The only give-away is the occasional wrought iron balustrade leading underground. Europe’s first sub-surface railway was built under the road, and the more than 125 year old underground is still carrying passengers today along a line only slightly longer than the original.

State Opera House

The Hungarian State Opera House is not only the sanctum of music and dance, but also a historical monument. The construction started in 1875 with the permission and financial support of Franz Joseph, emperor of Austria and king of Hungary. The plans and personal instructions were conducted by Nicholas Ybl. The Opera House opened its gate to the public on the 27th September, 1884.

The Opera House can be visited with a local guide every day at 3&4 pm in 6 different languages.

Heroes’ Square

Heros’ SquareThe statues on Heros’ Square (Hősök tere) are very much a who’s who of Hungarian history (with the notable exception of the unpopular Habsburg monarchy, whose statues were removed and replaced) and its scale and grandeur is an indication of the pride Hungarians have for their country.

City Park

Budapest’s second favourite park after Margitsziget, the City Park (Városliget) is situated behind and to the right of Heros’ Square as you approach from the centre of town. City Park offers a host of attractions of its own, including the Budapest Zoo, the Petőfi Csarnok concert venue and the obligatory Széchenyi Baths.

Vajdahunyad Castle

Vajdahunyad váraThis fairytale castle was originally constructed from timber and cardboard for the exhibition held in 1896 to mark the thousandth anniversary of the arrival of the Magyars to the Carpathian Basin. Its aim was to give the visitor an insight into Hungary’s rich architectural past and it features small-scale reproductions of various buildings around Hungary and, in particular, Transylvania (now Romania). This architectural cocktail was such a success that it was rebuilt from more permanent materials in 1904. In winter, it provides a spectacular backdrop to an ice rink, while in summer, it is surrounded by a lake where pedalos and rowboats can be hired.

Liberty Bridge

Also called as Franz Joseph Bridge. It’s very popular among tourists and photographers because the rich adorement and fabulous green light at night. Liberty bridge was built in 1896 and last renewed in 2007. On the Pest side of the bridge you will find the Great Market Hall and the end of Váci street. Both very crowded with tourists because of the wide range of souvenir and fashion shops, restaurants and cafés

Hungary Medical Tourism

Hungary is one of the flagship countries of European medical tourism. It is a well known fact that Hungary has one of the most demanding medical and dental educations in the world.

A quarter of all medical students at Hungarian universities come from abroad, and many Hungarian specialists teach and practice internationally. The main reasons for Hungary’s leading role in European medical tourism are its long experience and practice on the international market. The success story began in the eighties, when Hungary was a popular destination for German and Austrian patients seeking top-quality dentistry and dental prosthetic services of Swiss standards. Since Hungary joined the European Union, medical tourism has become more varied and more international.

In fact, the cost of treatments and patient service is some much lower, that you can afford to fly to Hungary, undergo treatment, enjoy the sights, the culture and shopping offers in Budapest and still save up to 40-70 % on what you would have to pay in the UK, USA and Scandinavian countries. The most popular treatments and procedures amongst international patients are dentistry, plastic and orthopaedic surgery, cardiac rehabilitation, fertility treatments, dermatology and anti-aging treatments, obesity treatments, addiction programs and eye surgery (both general and ocular implantation).

Hungary will treat you well

Why not follow the thousands of satisfied customers from all over Europe who seek medical treatment in Hungary? We could say that the treatments offered in the country are cheaper and better than elsewhere, but we won’t say that. Instead, we’re trying to give you facts that make your decision for finding a destination that caters for your medical and cultural needs easier.

Easily accessible within Europe: Hungary, due to its ideal location in the centre of Europe, is easily accessed by low-cost flights from all over Europe.

Medical training in Hungary is world class. The doctors in order to continue to be able to practice, they must fulfil the requirement of an average of 50 hours of further education each year (twice as many hours as in most Western countries).

Good language skills: Thus you can rest assured that a good standard of English is spoken at all private clinics and hotels.

Accreditation: Hungary has a number of accreditation and license schemes applying to its institutions, such as the domestic accreditation schemes from the Hungarian Ministry of Health, and the National Health Commission and Medical Service. Some facilities are also recognised by the Care Quality Commission in the UK and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Good exchange rate: Thanks to the favourable exchange rate Hungary is now even more affordable for foreign patients. But Hungary is not just cheap; it is excellent value. The private clinics have invested heavily in their facilities and treatments to keep the market leader position in Europe and guarantee the highest Western European quality at internationally competitive prices.

Hungary for all kinds of budgets: Whether you are is looking for medical treatment abroad at a reasonable cost or are more interested in luxury travel, you can find it in Hungary. The possibilities range from city apartments through award-winning spa hotels to luxury five star hotels.

Medical tourism programs: Several clinics run medical tourism programs and packages, organising the entire trip including flights, accommodation, transfers and treatments. Furthermore, travellers can combine medical treatments with their holiday, discovering the 1000-year-old history of the country and the unique fusion of eastern and western cultures, while recovering from surgery in one of the many rejuvenating thermal spas.

The EU directive on cross-border healthcare (effective from 2013) clarifies and expands the rights of patients who seek healthcare in another EU member state. Patients will not only be allowed to receive healthcare in other member states, but will also be reimbursed up to the level of costs of the treatment at home. Also, each country must establish at least one national contact point for patients to get information about health providers, reimbursement procedures, and when prior authorisation is needed.

They say good health is priceless. In Hungary though, getting fit and fab, relaxed and radiant comes at a price. A price that you’ll find really low for the outstanding expertise and quality of treatments you’ll receive.

Bangalore a Medical Tourism Destination


The green-eyed Afghan girl Sharbat Gula, made famous by a National Geographic cover, is likely to visit a private hospital in the city for treatment of Hepatitis C.

Sharbat isn’t the only one; in fact, she is one of the thousands of people who come to Bengaluru to get themselves treated as Bengaluru has become the hub of medical tourism for patients with this chronic disease.

Until April this year, there was no specific treatment for the disease.

Hepatitis C is an infectious disease caused by the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) that mainly affects the liver. It can spread through contact with infected blood, by sharing needles or needle-stick injuries.

Dr Sonal Asthana, senior multi-organ transplant surgeon, Aster Multi-speciality hospital says, “In Karnataka particularly, the incidence of the disease is as low as 0.2-0.5 per cent as compared to Hepatitis B which is about two per cent. In states like Punjab the incidence is much higher which is about 5-10 per cent.”
The situation is similar in neighbouring countries like Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, and patients from there are coming in droves to get treated here.
Dr Vidyasagar Ramappa, consultant gastroenterologist, Columbia Asia Hospital says, “Before April this year, Hepatitis C was treated with the combination of a drug called Ribavirin and an injection called Interferon but success rate was only 40-45 per cent. In April, after Indian drug manufacturing units got the patent for producing direct-acting agents (Daclatasvir–sofosbuvir combination therapy), the treatment for the infection has changed dramatically.”

While the total cost of the treatment by the use of these drugs would cost up to Rs 1 crore, in India the whole treatment is covered within Rs 70,000.
After this, most of India including Bengaluru has seen a drastic boom in Hepatitis C patients from across the world.
“The huge disparity in costs of the treatment between India and Western countries brought about revolution in medical tourism,” Dr Asthana said.
Apart from Bengaluru, other prime hubs of the treatment of the disease are Hyderabad and Chennai. “But we have seen a trend where people prefer Bengaluru,” Dr Ramappa said.

Out of the total number of patients that Dr Ramappa sees, about 40 per cent are from outside India, mainly from Bangladesh, Middle East, Yemen and Iraq.


Dr Nikhil Bondare, consultant gastroenterologist, Narayana Health City says, “Until 1985, we did not even know that there an infection called the Hepatitis C. We called it the Non A and Non B virus. And when the medicines were introduced for the same, for a very long time there was no permanent cure for the disease. The existing combination had a lot of side effects that included severe dip in blood and platelet count. Now we have almost reached a complete cure stage.”
He sees at least two new patients from abroad every day. Hepatitis C is divided into six distinct genotypes. “In India the most common genotype is 1 and 3. In Western countries it is 2 and 4. These infections are commonly seen in states like Punjab, North East as intravenous drug abuse is quite rampant there,” he said

Thailand to achieve Medical Tourism Target

Thailand’s tourism industry is set to exceed the 2.4 trillion Baht (US$68.57 billion) target set for 2016 thanks to the drive to boost visitor numbers with visa fee waivers and a raft of measures to assure tourists that they will enjoy high quality experiences in the kingdom.
H.E. Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports said, “Over the past years, we have seen a strong growth in tourism revenue and this is not just because numbers are up: tourists are also spending more money, particularly high-end visitors. High quality tourists visit Thailand knowing that they can find affordable luxury experiences and high-end products and activities that can’t be enjoyed elsewhere.”

Tourist arrivals from January to October 2016, totalled 28.72 million tourists who have so far spent 1.43 trillion Baht (US$40.8 billion), representing a year-on-year increase of 10.38 per cent and 14 per cent, respectively. China remains the number one market with spending of over 391.5 billion Baht (US$11.2 billion). Malaysia made up the second largest market for spending with 74.8 billion Baht (US$2.14 billion), and Russia was in third place with tourists spending almost 64.33 billion baht (US$1.80 billion).

Mrs. Kobkarn said, “With Thailand now in its traditional high season, we are working to boost numbers of visitors for the last quarter of the year, from traditionally 8.8 million to 9.1 million visitors, or a four per cent growth. But we are hoping for a higher growth in revenue, at six per cent, from almost 455 billion to 483.7 billion Baht (US$13 billion to US$13.8 billion). With this goal, various initiatives have been put in place to encourage tourists to visit and spend.”

These initiatives have included the waiver of tourist visa fees for visitors from 19 countries from 1 December, 2016, to 28 February, 2017, and the price of visas issued on arrival will be halved. To encourage health and medical tourism, long-stay visas for foreigners over 50 years of age will be extended from one to 10 years.

To encourage more domestic travel, a long New Year holiday of four days including 31 December, 2016, and 1 to 3 January, 2017, has been confirmed. As well as special New Year Countdowns across the kingdom on 31 December, there are a range of sporting events planned including the Bangkok and Chiang Mai Marathons.

In addition, there will be a range of new events and activities to boost travel. These include the Thailand Yacht Show 2016, from 15-18 December in Phuket, the “70 Routes in His Majesty’s Footsteps” campaign that encourages domestic travel in areas boosted by the work of the late King, and the “First Step towards the Great Nine”, which aims to open up Royal Projects and Royal Initiatives, so that international tourists can visit and learn about the late King’s work.