Kerala to Set Up Holistic Tourism Centre to Promote Medical Tourism

by VR Sreeraman on  June 20, 2007 at 8:15 PM Indian Health News
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Kerala to Set Up Holistic Tourism Centre to Promote Medical Tourism
Kerala is soon to set up a holistic tourism centre that will promote medical tourism besides other attractions for visitors, state Tourism Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said here Wednesday.

"This centre would combine various segments of tourism like ayurveda, farm tourism and medical tourism," Balakrishnan told the state assembly.

He said the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) was currently preparing a report for the promotion of medical tourism in Kerala.

"Once the report is submitted we will take concrete steps for promoting medical tourism in a big way. There is already a steady inflow of foreign tourists for medical needs. Five years from now, we expect an increase of 100,000 medical tourists every year," Balakrishnan said.

Foreigners are arriving in Kerala's top hospitals for plastic and cosmetic surgery, facial surgery, dental treatments, cosmetology, hip and knee replacement, ophthalmology, voice therapy and obesity treatment.

The Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) here has taken the concept of medical value travel (MVT) in the state to newer heights through accreditations and certifications.

It was the first Indian hospital to be accredited by the Australian Council for Health Care Standards International (ACHSI).

KIMS received over 17,000 MVT patients from across the world last year for plastic surgery, dental treatment and joint replacement among others, said E.M. Najeeb, executive director of KIMS.

"Accreditation and certifications are a must for MVT because international insurance companies require this certification to pay their clients after they undergo treatments," said Najeeb.

Balakrishnan added that the government would soon map out all hospitals in the state that are fit to welcome tourists for medical purposes.

"We want these private hospitals to keep aside a portion of the income generated through medical tourism for treating poor patients. The government will ensure that they practice responsible tourism," the minister said.

Source: IANS

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I've heard mixed reviews of medical tourism. Is plastic surgery really safe in Thailand? Are Indian doctors qualified


Independent international hospital accreditation undertaken by a reputable group without a vested interest in the outcome is the key to helping to maximise patients' safety. There are excellent British (Trent) and Australian (ACHSI) groups undertaking such accreditation work, so it is not just down to a hospital having accreditation sourced from the USA by the American-based private accreditation company JCI. It may be that patients from the UK, Europe, the USA or Australasia will feel safest in the best of the "medical tourism hospitals" if those hospitals (including their healthcare staff) have been surveyed and accredited (if they pass !) by more than one reputable international accreditation scheme.


With 45 million uninsured Americans and the number rising by the day, medical tourism offers an affordable option which anyone can take advantage of without the burden of paying off debts. India offers state-of-the-art facilities, modern equipments and surgeon expertise which rival those found in any state-of-the-art hospital in the US. With outstanding nursing care and a great place to recuperate, all at a price which is a fraction of what it would cost you in the US, India is definitely making its mark in the medical tourism business.


Yes Medical tourism is the future and particularly India’s private healthcare system has made tremendous progress. The availability of low cost - high quality medical care at the state of the art, internationally accredited hospitals like Wockhardt Hospitals Group - which is a part of Harvard Medical International is poised to make India a "global healthcare destination" last year I went to India for hip surgery at Wockhardt Hospitals and my whole experience was really positive. The only option otherwise for me was to mortgage my house and raise money for surgery at local hospital. So many US patients are now taking this option, just check out testimonials on following weblink

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