As India's world class hospitals lure foreign tourists, India has become a major destination for Health Tourism.
Another British national, Gregory Bates suffered a heart attack while holidaying in Goa.' I had the choice to go back home for the bypass", he said "But I chose to stay on. My family was concerned but having heard about Indian medical expertise, I was confident that I was in safe hands. The pre-operative support of Wockhardt Heart Institute in Bangalore while I was in Goa proved that I would get uncompromised care." . "
His successful surgery is an indicator that heart surgery in India is on par with the world", said Dr Vivek Jawali, chief cardiovascular surgeon at Wockhardt who operated on Bates.
"At this juncture we cannot sit back", said Dr P C Reddy. " We have everything to move ahead." The private sector has already offered to help. The makeover is striking, hospital floors are squeaky clean and interiors complete with those of Five Star Hotels. Many hospitals have prayer rooms, translators, visa extension and currency exchange services. The Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospital in Bangalore had 8000 patients from Bangladesh last year. Apollo Chennai is referring many a patient for alternative therapy to Soukya, a holistic health center in Bangalore.
Robert Peter Mutton was another Briton who got treated at economical rates. He was holidaying in Kochi when his gall bladder started acting up. "I just spent Rs 64000, which is amazing" said Robert Peter Mutton. They went to Lakeshore Hospital, Kochi. " I would have spent $ 10000 in London" said Mutton after treatment. "There is no difference between doctors here and back home"
It was the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Kochi, founded by a spiritual giant, Her Holiness Mata Amritanandamayi , which cured Yan Zheng, a receptionist from China. Cancer struck Yan when she was working in Beijing. She got treated at Shanghai but she lost her left eye, the upper jaw, half the lower jaw & facial nerves as a bye-product.
Medical Training in India
Now professionals, particularly Asian, are happy about being trained in India, despite the West's formidable reputation as the last word in higher education in Medicine.
"It was a great experience ", says Clara Perinchery , a German-born MD student, who came to Lakeshore Hospital & Research Center in Kochi, to learn about tropical countries. Dr M Abdul Hannan said " I enjoy working here. Where else would I have learnt so much ? ". He is training at Escorts Heart Institute & Research Center, Delhi & he admitted that he was inspired by the Chief Cardiologist, Dr Naresh Trehan.
The motto of Ayurveda is " Progress Through Research " ( Anusandanena Abhyudayam ).