India ranks 10th in Medical Tourism Index- India has been ranked 10th in the Medical Tourism Index (MTI) for 2020-2021 out of 46 destinations around the world. The ranking was conducted by the Medical Tourism Association, and it reflects the increasing popularity of India as a medical tourism destination.
According to the Ministry of Tourism, the number of foreign tourists arriving in India for medical purposes has been steadily increasing. In 2020, 1.83 lakh foreign tourists arrived in India for medical purposes, while in 2021, the number rose to 3.04 lakh.
In an effort to further improve medical tourism in the country, the Ministry of Tourism has formulated a National Strategy and Roadmap for Medical and Wellness Tourism in 2022 (India ranks 10th in Medical Tourism Index).
The strategy identifies several key pillars for the development of medical value travel in the country, including the development of a brand for India as a wellness destination, the strengthening of the ecosystem for medical and wellness tourism, and the promotion of wellness tourism.
The strategy also aims to enable digitalization by setting up an Online Medical Value Travel (MVT) Portal, enhance accessibility for Medical Value Travel, and establish a governance and institutional framework for medical value travel.
The Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare is coordinating with other ministries such as the Ministry of Home Affairs, Tourism, AYUSH, External Affairs, Civil Aviation, state governments, and other stakeholders to promote Medical Value Travel (India ranks 10th in Medical Tourism Index) in the country.
An institutional approach in coordination with other Ministries like Ministry of Tourism, AYUSH, Home Affairs, External Affairs, Civil Aviation, State Governments and other relevant stakeholders is adopted for promotion of medical value travel.
To identify the challenges and opportunities in the sector, several rounds of stakeholder consultations have been conducted with line ministries, hospitals, MVT facilitators, insurance companies, and the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH).
Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, stated in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha that the government is committed to promoting medical tourism in the country and improving the healthcare infrastructure to cater to the growing demand for medical value travel.
The National Strategy and Roadmap for Medical and Wellness Tourism will help to create a roadmap for the development of medical tourism in the country and attract more foreign tourists for medical purposes.
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