People travelling from their home country or state for the sake of medical treatment in collaboration with the tourism industry can be defined as medical tourism. It involves vacationing, leisure, alternative therapy along with cost effective, world class medical treatment.
Medical tourism is one of the fastest growing industries of the world. India, Thailand, Mexico, Singapore are some of the favored destinations of the medical tourists.
Following reasons can be attributed to the rapid growth of medical tourism:
As per Indian tradition, A guest is considered as God (Atithi Devo Bhava)
According to tourism minister K J Alphons Medical Tourism in India is likely to reach a whopping USD 9 billion by 2020. India has established itself as a prime destination of medical tourism in the global map due to its state of the art infrastructure and world class doctors. Reasons behind the success are: