Maharashtra to maintain medical tourism database

Foreign nationals coming to Maharashtra for medical assistance will soon get a verified list of hospitals and doctors they can turn to without worrying about being harassed or duped.

The initiative is a part of the state tourism department’s plan to boost medical tourism in the state. The Union government’s department of tourism recently announced the formation of a National Medical and Wellness Tourism Board which will verify all medical tourist spots and ensure ease of medical e-visa facility.

Valsa Nair, principal secretary of department of tourism and culture, said, “We plan to create a comprehensive database related to medical tourism panning the entire state. This would include the centres for treatment and affiliated doctors. The database would also include details of various kinds of treatments and locations where they are available in the state. Verification of the centres would ensure foreign tourists coming here for medical purposes are not harassed or cheated.”

The guidelines will be formulated and the database would be uploaded on the tourism department’s website in the next three to six months.

The Union ministry of tourism had recently announced the setting up of a board to provide dedicated institutional framework to take forward the cause of promotion of medical tourism, wellness tourism and yoga, Ayurveda tourism and any other form of Indian system of medicine covered by Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH). The ministry stated in a release that this board will work as an umbrella organization that governs medical tourism and also aid in the promotion of the same “in an organized manner”.

The tourism department also announced electronic visas for medical tourists or patients seeking treatment in the country , which should give a boost to the sector.

The medical and wellness board will have stakeholders from all sectors, including representatives from branches of AYUSH, medical and tourism department representatives.

“Initially, taking prolonged treatment was not possible for foreign patients because of the short duration of visa.Now the e-medical visa will definitely help, especially if the benefit can be extended for those with chronic ailments. The government should include medical professionals in the board formed for medical tourism. Also, they should keep in loop the embassies and consulates concerned not only for issuing visas, but also to promote medical tourism in their countries,” said Parag Sancheti, professor and chairman of Sancheti Institute for Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation.

Cancer surgeon Dhananjay Kelkar, medical director of Deenanath Mangeshkar hospital, said, “We must treat these patients as our guests and facilitate their visa and insurance issues. Taking second opinion should be made compulsory to ensure people are not cheated. There is also a need for providing language translation services for understanding their food habits and culture better.”

App for safety of tourists

Valsa Nair, principal secretary of Maharashtra Tourism, said the state will come out with a safety handbook for tourists in the form of a mobile app in the next three to six months. A GPS-based `Maha-explorer’ will also be created for tourists. The state is also looking at setting up a tourist police force to ensure safety of tourists



Apollo Hospitals to expand in Nigeria

Relief has come to Nigeria’s health sector as India doctors and medical experts storm the country to end medical tourism estimated at over $1 billion. The Indian doctors are already training Nigerian doctors on new technology and trends in the field of medicine to enable local professionals treat patients in the country, rather than refer them to India or other parts of the world. Apollo Speciality Hospital in India is leading the chase and wants Nigeria hospitals to have the requisite technology and expertise that will enable them treat patients with any form of ailment, rather than allow them go abroad for treatment. Trainings have taken place in Abuja and Lagos, including Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Lagos. Healthcare security According to the Business Head for Nigeria, Rakesh Jalla, the healthcare security in Nigeria is not as good as what people expect, prompting many people to travel abroad for treatment. Jalla who is also the deputy general manager, international marketing at Apollo Hospitals noted that, “We want the patients to be treated at their own country.  We come here with some specialised doctors to share the latest technology and see how we can collaborate together to ensure patients are treated here,” He further said the hospital is collaborating with Nigerian doctors in the areas of knowledge sharing, training programmes, which enable doctors from Apollo and other areas trained in the UK and the US, to school Nigerian counterparts for three or six months free of charge. He said Nigeria has a large population and great opportunities, stressing that Apollo wants more collaboration with the government in order to assist Nigeria improve its healthcare delivery system. “See it’s easy to invite patients to come to India for treatment, but if they are treated in their own country, they will be happier. There’s need to let them be treated here. We come with our technology. But technology comes with money. It doesn’t come without money,” he stated, adding that the hospital has 54 hospitals in India and experts who are among the best in the world Research shows that almost 50 percent of outbound medical tourism in Nigeria goes to India.

India remains among the best in this area, as the country is famed with latest technological research on healthcare. Skullbase surgeon “We are trying to collaborate more with Nigerian doctors. A number of Nigerians are middle-class and they come for treatment in government hospitals. We can use our expertise to treat them there. When we are collaborating, government should also know what we have and what we can do. We are planning to have a hospital here in a year or two years’ time. “We have people who are coming from India and the UK to treat patients here. When we have collaboration with the government, they can support those patients,” he added. Neck and skullbase surgeon, C. Rayappa, said: “We are here to see what we can do to help Nigeria. What we do is not something extraordinary. We collaborate and exchange information and support each other. Nigeria can expect doctors trained and we can bring knowledge here.”

Bali,Indonesia to promote itself as Medical Tourism Destination

Already one of the world’s most popular tourist spots, Bali is now aiming one step further to become a prominent medical tourism destination.

In doing so, the Bali provincial administration is now constructing a new hospital that will be equipped with world-class facilities in Sanur. The administration has provided Rp 199 billion ( US$14.95 million ) of its annual budget for the hospital’s construction.

Bali Health Agency head I Wayan Suarjaya said construction of the hospital had begun last year and was targeted for completion this year. The new Bali Mandara Hospital is being built on a 2.95-hectare plot of land in Sanur and will be able to accommodate 176 inpatients.

Suarjaya said the hospital would be equipped with high-standard facilities, including for bariatric surgery. “So, people can get liposuction and plastic surgery here in Bali,” he said.

The hospital is also designed as an integrated cancer treatment center with facilities for radiodiagnostics, radiotherapy and nuclear medicine.

“We need to coordinate with the National Nuclear Energy Agency [Batan], as well as the Drugs and Food Monitoring Agency [BPOM], to ensure that the hospital’s construction will be safe enough to handle procedures using radiation,” Suarjaya said.

Regarding the cancer treatment facilities, he said, the new hospital was expected to be on par with Dharmais Hospital in Jakarta and Hasan Sadikin Hospital in Bandung.

A therapy center for the elderly is also part of the plan. As many pensioners from across the world opt to spend their time in Bali, the hospital is expected to provide a quality service for the elderly.

To meet the demand for alternative medicine, the hospital will also contain health spa facilities, a traditional herbal treatment center and an acupuncture therapy service.

Suarjaya said the provincial administration would consult with international hospital-management experts to help establish a world-class hospital.

“We will prioritize local human resources [to work] in the hospital. But, we are considering cooperating with overseas hospital management in order to establish an internationally recognized hospital service,” he said.

Head of the Indonesian Tour and Travel Agency Association ( ASITA ) Bali Chapter, I Ketut Ardana, said moulding Bali into a medical tourism destination would not be an easy task. “Indeed, there are opportunities to establish medical tourism in Bali. But, it will be a long-term process,” he said.

Ardana said the foremost thing to do was to establish a high-quality hospital. He cited the lessons learned from Singapore and Malaysia, both of which had become popular medical tourism destinations because of their high-standard hospitals with people from all over the world seeking their services.

He expressed hope that the hospital being built by the provincial administration would become a high-standard facility as well. “If the hospital can provide added value, slowly but surely, Bali will become a medical tourism destination,” he said.

Ardana, however, suggested that the administration construct another hospital in a more secluded location, away from the city with natural scenic views. “For medical tourism, I prefer areas such as Bangli regency and Gianyar,” he said.

The Bali Statistics Agency recorded tourist arrivals of 4 million to the resort island in 2015, an increase by 6.24 percent from 3.76 million in 2014. Australian citizens ranked first in foreign tourist arrivals with 24.16 percent, or 966,869 people, to Bali in 2015, followed by China, Japan, Malaysia and the United Kingdom.

Raffles Hospital,Singapore

Raffles Hospital is a tertiary care private hospital and the flagship of the Raffles Medical Group,a leading private healthcare provider in singapore and South East Asia.

On 12 September 1997, two companies, Raffles Medical Group and Pidemco Land formed a joint-venture company to convert Blanco Court into the present Raffles Hospital (RH). Raffles Hospital is officially opened on 16 March 2002 by DPM Lee Hsien Loong

The hospital is equipped with a 24-Hour Emergency and Raffles Medical at Raffles Hospital. The 16 specialist clinics provide services that spans across 35 disciplines such as obstetrics and gynaecology, cardiology,oncology and orthopaedics.

Raffles Hospital earns a reputation for itself as the destination of choice among international patients. More than 35 per cent of Raffles Hospital’s patients are foreigners, comprising nationals from more than 100 countries.  Located conveniently in the heart of Singapore, Raffles Hospital is a full service private hospital offering comprehensive specialist services combined with advanced medical technology. Raffles Hospital aims to maintain Singapore’s leadership as a regional healthcare hub by providing more complex procedures such as neurovascular interventional procedures, targeted cancer treatments, heart surgeries, orthopaedic surgeries, and fertility treatments

Raffles Hospital has set up the Raffles International Patients Centre (Raffles IPC) to provide personalised care for  international patients and tend to all non-medical needs during the stay.

They have representative offices in several countries.

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Medanta,The Medicity

The hospital is based in Gurgaon,Haryana and know as medicity.It offers all the services right from Cardiac to orthopaedic.

An Overview  of  Medanta – The Medicity

      It is one of India’s largest multi-super specialty institutes located in Gurgaon, a bustling town in the National Capital Region. Founded by eminent cardiac surgeon, Dr. Naresh Trehan, the institution has been envisioned with the aim of bringing to India the highest standards of medical care along with clinical research, education and training. Medanta is governed under the guiding principles of providing medical services to patients with care, compassion, commitment.
      Spread across 43 acres, the institute includes a research center, medical and nursing school. It has 1250 beds and over 350 critical care beds with 45 operation theatres catering to over 20 specialties. Medanta houses six centers of excellence which will provide medical intelligentsia, cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art infrastructure with a well-integrated and comprehensive information system.
      Medanta – The Medicity brings together an outstanding pool of doctors, scientists and clinical researchers to foster collaborative, multidisciplinary investigation, inspiring new ideas and discoveries; and translating scientific advances more swiftly into new ways of diagnosing and treating patientsand preventing diseases. A one-of-its-kind facility across the world, Medanta through its research integrates modern and traditional forms of medicine to provide accessible and affordable healthcare.
    Following are the special services for the International Patients
  • Appointment Scheduling
  • Treatment packages in advance
  • Visa Assistance
  • Airport Pick-n-Drop facility
  • Hotel reservations, if needed
  • Language interpreters
  • Express check-in through our dedicated
    International Patient’s Lounge
  • In-house business centre
  • Choice of international cuisine
  • International newspapers & Internet access in the room.
  • Recliner’s lounge for comfort
  • Dedicated International executive during your
    entire stay with us at ‘Medanta’ for all your medical
    & non-medical needs
  • Ambulance pick-up, if required
  • Concierge services for dining & entertainment
  • Follow up assistance for future appointment
    scheduling after discharge



Yanhee Hospital,Thailand

Yanhee International Hospital  is a multi-service general hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, that specializes in a range of medical and cosmetic services.Yanhee comprises a 15-story hospital building with a 400-bed capacity, 150 full-time doctors, 120 part-time health professionals, and 800 nurses. Additionally,Yanhee operates 95 outpatient examination rooms, 12 major and 30 minor operating rooms, an 18-bed Intensive Care Unit, emergency rooms, delivery rooms, a diagnostic laboratory and a nursery

The very famous hospital  know for cosmetic  surgeries amongst international patient receives lots of patients from all over the world.


Due to the high number of foreign patients, Yanhee staffs a number of interpreters, and languages spoken at Yanhee include:

  • English
  • Filipino
  • Korean
  • Arabic
  • French
  • Malayu
  • Burmese
  • German
  • Russian
  • Cambodian
  • Vietnamese
  • Thai
  • Chinese
  • Japanese

Medical Park International,Turkey

Today our hospital in focus is hospital from Turkey.

MEDICAL PARK Bahcelievler Hospital, one of the largest private hospitals of MEDICAL PARK Hospitals Group at the European district of Istanbul, is where people from all aspects of life seek and receive medical treatment. We follow strict quality and safety practices in diagnosis and treatment plans and staff compliance is continuously monitored. As always within the Group, the needs of the patient come first.

MEDICAL PARK Bahcelievler Hospital is only 5 mins. from Ataturk Intl. Airport and 10 mins. from sea transportation point, also is very close to Bahcelievler Metro and Metrobus stations.

MEDICAL PARK Bahcelievler Hospital has Joint Commission International (JCI) Accreditation Certificate, that the Hospital meets international quality standards. A 17 storey building, with 30,000 m2 covered area, features 246 beds, 13 incubators, 89 polyclinic rooms and 10 operation rooms. The Hospital is renowned as an important intensive care reference center, with Cardiovascular Surgery, Coronary, Newborn and General Intensive Care units.

Paediatric and Adult Bone Marrow Transplantation Centers at the Hospital are the two of the most praised departments. These two Centers are set up according to the international standards, all rooms are Hepa-filter equipped to prevent any infection and feature latest medical treatment options by trained and knowledgeable medical academician staff.

At the Hospital, Peripheral Vessels Surgery Center feature latest procedures in Minimally Invasive Surgery, as carried out by only a few centers throughout the world. Focusing on carotid and other arteries’ occlusive diseases and the diabetic foot in articular, these Centers deliver excellent results.

At the Hospital, advanced diagnostic and treatment approaches are performed in Oncology, Cardiovascular Surgery and Orthopaedics. The Hospital takes special pride in being one few world-wide centers for Parkinson’s Disease surgery (Neurostimulation device implantation). Please check Parkinson’s Disease article on our website for further information.

At the Hospital, Heart and Vessels Surgery, Oncological Brain Tumour Surgery, Thorax Surgery, In-Vitro Fertilisation and Gynaecology, Orthopaedics and Urology Departments’ specialists provide best possible diagnosis and treatment options.

MEDICAL PARK Bahcelievler Hospital lives its unique health care mission every day through the contributions of dozens of physicians in clinical specialties such as tumour surgery, thyroid, breast, liver, pancreas and gallbladder canals surgery, orthopaedic tumour surgery and gynaecologic tumour surgery. Our advanced oncologic diagnosis and treatment units such as PET / CT, Linear Accelerator are crucial in correct diagnosis and selection of appropriate treatment plans. In-house, 64 sections Computerized Tomography that enables heart angiography without any catheter, advanced Magnetic Resonance (MRI), Digital and Peripheral Angiography and 4-D Ultrasonography devices are our marks of dedication to excellence, compassion and innovation. Prostate Treatment without surgery, IVF (in-vitro fertilization) procedures and Cornea Transplantation are clinical areas where we have excellent result

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