April 20, 2021

Medical tourism sector wants authorities help to get again on its toes: Sangita Reddy

NEW DELHI: Healthcare main Apollo Hospitals Enterprise stated the medical tourism sector within the nation wants help from the federal government to get again on its toes after being severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The medical tourism sector got here to a standstill because of the lockdown. This has impacted not simply India however Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and different Asian nations additionally which have a thriving medical tourism sector,” Apollo Hospitals Group Joint MD Sangita Reddy advised PTI.

Whereas there’s easing out of the lockdown, it should take authorities degree discussions to assist carry sufferers in for remedy, she added.

“For instance, Malaysia has seen some sufferers coming in for open-heart surgical procedure from Brunei as a direct results of authorities degree discussions. Equally, in India, there’s a want for presidency help to make sure that medical worth tourism in India will get again on its toes,” Reddy stated.

Medical worth journey tourism continues to be nascent in India and holds nice potential. Niti Aayog has recognized medical worth journey as one of many main development drivers and a significant supply of foreign exchange incomes, she added.

“Because the world unlocks, we’ll see a gradual improve in sufferers, all taking due precautions, flip to India for his or her remedies. In a world the place individuals have turn out to be more and more price aware, India gives a major benefit with prime quality, excessive worth care,” Reddy stated.

Highlighting the position of the medical tourism section within the firm’s portfolio, she stated the final fiscal noticed sufferers from over 50 nations trusting Apollo Hospitals with their healthcare wants.

“Our worldwide sufferers division prolonged care to over 2 lakh sufferers within the final fiscal with a small however vital contribution of round 13 per cent to our income from the healthcare section,” she added.

The corporate’s income from medical tourism was rising steadily, nevertheless it has been impacted by restrictions on worldwide air journey, Reddy stated.

“We’ve seen our income from medical worth journey rising at 17-18 per cent year-on-year. Nonetheless, this has been impacted by the air journey restrictions on account of COVID. Whereas the air-routes are opening up regularly, it should take a while for medical worth journey to return to its regular quantity of sufferers,” she added.

Highlighting the belief worldwide sufferers repose in Apollo Hospitals, she stated: “Worldwide sufferers belief Apollo Hospitals for its superior medical expertise and expert medical professionals. It’s cost-effective for the sufferers as they get care of worldwide requirements at a fraction of the price.”

The principle procedures for which sufferers come to Apollo embrace remedies for most cancers, organ transplant, cardiac procedures, orthopaedics and neurosurgery. Whereas these are the principle procedures, the sufferers come for every kind of remedy like eye procedures, dental remedy, and so on. India is likely one of the most tasty locations due to the prime quality of care, Reddy stated.

For Apollo Hospitals, nearly all of worldwide sufferers hail from Bangladesh, South East Asia and Africa. Sufferers come from totally different nations together with Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Iraq, Kenya, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, Pacific Islands, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan, and Yemen, she added.

“Sufferers additionally come, although not in very massive numbers, from the UK, Europe, United States and Canada,” Reddy stated