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MVT stands for Medical Value Travel (Also known as health tourism or medical tourism) it is defined as travel for the purpose of maintaining, improving or restoring health through medical intervention.
Any medical surgery or procedure, no matter where it is carried out, entails some risk. To reduce this risk, this portal provides comprehensive information on various options available in India for high quality medical facilities
The difference in cost is caused by labour and insurance costs, and not by a lack of quality.
Doctors in Indian Healthcare Systems are highly educated, and many have experience working in developed countries. India has a large number of accredited facilities, that provide care at par or above global standards. There are 39 Joint Commission International (JCI) accredited hospitals and 650+ National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH) accredited hospitals that provide care of quality standards.
Yes, in most cases Indian doctors are fluent in English. If case they are not, someone from the medical staff is competent in English and helps to bridge any communication gap.
Yes, there is a special MEDICAL VISA for patients who opt for treatment in India. The Visa grants a stay for 60 days, travellers can visit India for their treatment and obtain second electronic visa if they need to. The Visa is available to citizens of all the countries. Check for visa details here: https://www.evisasindia.org/types/medical-visa/
The Indian eMedical visa application online form takes a few minutes to complete and submit. Applications are processed quickly and approved eVisas are usually emailed to the patient within 24 hours. The processing time can vary depending on factors such as the current volume of medical visa applications. It can take up to 4 business days and, in rare cases, a little longer. Applicants are advised to apply at least 4 days prior to their trip.
The attendant/companion can travel with you. He/she/they would need a valid passport & would have to go through the visa processes as deemed necessary. You can click on the visa link here for details: https://www.evisasindia.org/types/medical-attendant-visa/
For comprehensive facilitation, please complete the registration on this portal. You may directly connect with a hospital/doctor/facilitator, who can provide you with a treatment package as well as the add on services. You can see the application steps here: (portal page link for application)
We recognize the importance of confidentiality of your medical and health-related information. Your information will be provided to the MVT facilitators/hospitals for their assessment, with focus on ensuring the privacy & confidentiality of your personal details
In case the procedure you are looking for is not listed, you may connect with a facilitator who can provide you the information you need specific to your requirements.
You will receive end-to-end comprehensive support from your facilitator who will brief you on the expectations from the Indian medical facilities and extend their expertise in resolving your queries and concerns.
Yes, you can, however, with the use of a facilitator you can get personalized information regarding all the Indian medical facilities, and support in firming up logistical arrangements viz. your travel plans and accommodation in India
You will find a detailed list of hospitals and doctors on our portal here: (portal page link for hospitals and doctors)
You can check this with your healthcare insurance provider. Some of them do offer financial incentives or discounts on medical bills.
India is fast emerging as one of the leading Healthcare destination, owing to its vast array of healthcare services provided here ranging from state of art Surgical Care, Transplants, Tertiary level Ayurveda Treatment, Therapeutic Wellness, Rehabilitative Care, Yoga, Spiritual Upliftment and Integrative Care. All these services are provided through a well established and well-regulated network of world class facilities. It has the potential to offer world-leading primary, secondary, and tertiary healthcare through an integrative approach that combines modern medicine with the Traditional Health care systems like Ayurveda, Yoga etc. India also has the human resource, expertise, infrastructural prowess, network of quality institutions & establishments, affordability, and convenience, to make this possible. India with its rich medical heritage can become the world leader in achieving the goal of “One World One Health”.
Most of India’s malls, five-star hotels, and heritage attractions have wheelchair facilities, with the required ramps and necessities. International airports in Indian cities are also well-equipped for physically challenged travelers. There is a special check-in gate with direct access from the car park, as well as dedicated lifts, and a meet and assist service. Every hospital is built on an inclusive design keeping the needs of special ones and differently-abled in mind.
An internationally enabled debit and credit card can be used across all locations in the country. To find whether your card can be used in India, talk to your bank representative. Also, learn about the transaction fee for foreign use and other details.
The national emergency number in India is 112. Police assistance is available on dialing 100 and Ambulance on 102. Calls to this number are free of charge. For other enquiries and in need of assistance, reach out to your country’s embassy or consulate.
Many personalized and professional home health care services are available in India to allow quick and convenient recovery within the comfort of your stay location.
Based on nature-based solutions and backed by evidence, the majority of Ayush medicines have proven their efficacy and safety for use over time. However, there may be certain effects varying from a case-to-case basis, as is the case with any form of treatment or medicine. Consult your doctor before use.
It varies depending upon the nature of treatment and as prescribed by your consulting Ayush doctor. However, as an example, the standard duration of Panchkarma Treatments varies from 2 - 4 Weeks.
Medsurge India, Vaidam, Clinicspots, We Care Health Service, ARINAA Medical Tourism, Mediniq are pioneers and the most reputable companies to name a few in the field of medical tourism in India. However, you can also take help directly from the Ayurveda Hospital or Clinic where you are planning to stay for your Treatments.
A quick list of suggestions is provided here This list is neither exhaustive nor the exclusive recommendation of the Ministry of Ayush or Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, but aims to serve as a catalog and must be backed by your own personal research & understanding.
Ayurveda is India’s traditional science of medicine which focuses on looking at the individual as a whole and providing holistic solutions of diet, lifestyle, medicines and therapies. This practice of medicine has been effectively followed over the past 1000s of years and is well reputed to provide long lasting relief in chronic diseases reversal and management, rehabilitation and prevention and overall well being With the whole person approach, Ayurveda is able to provide significant improvements especially in patients with multiple co-morbidities. Apart from the core disease management, your quality of life (stress, sleep, digestion, bowel movement, appetite, vitality) is adequately addressed through Ayurveda.
In a general sense Ayurveda is a conservative and safe practice of medicine. However, depending on your condition, certain therapies/ procedures may be included/ excluded, which the Ayurveda Physician will be able to guide you appropriately. It is also a good practice to keep your Primary Physician informed, when you are taking up other medical options. In addition, there are quite a few Integrative Care Centres who will be able to work with both requirements appropriately.
Ayurveda is well established for Palliative Care and overall Quality of Life improvements, besides core disease management. In this context, Ayurveda will be able to help especially for end of life care, where the focus is to reduce pain, improve sleep, digestion, appetite, bowel movements, overall energy and wellbeing. In certain cases, Integrative Care facilities may be required if the patient requires emergency care on an ongoing basis.
Although there are many benefits associated with medical tourism, there are also certain risks that must be weighed before making a final decision to travel abroad. Traveling long distances after surgery also poses certain risks. Proper care is required. It is important to remember that if you do have a serious complication, other countries' malpractice and liability resources may be different from those in your own country. Post-discharge 24/7 on-call assistance is provided by most hospitals because we care about your well-being and your health status even after treatment.
They function much like a travel agency, requesting and obtaining passports, booking flights, and arranging a medical tourism patient’s lodging, transportation and tours.
Yes, it may be possible. However, this will depend on the doctor’s assessment of your case.
It is not mandatory to be fully vaccinated to travel in India, but it is highly recommended for international travel.
In most cases, the medical package includes the following. Please refer to the quote provided to you and get in touch with the specific hospital/treatment center/facility, for up-to-date information.
  1. Pre surgical consultations.
  2. Transport to and from the Airport or Hotel if required.
  3. Surgeon and Anesthetist fees in relation with the operation.
  4. Operation theater fees and medical and surgical appliances costs in relation with the operation.
  5. Nursing care, diagnostic and therapeutic services costs during in-patient stay at the Hospital in relation with the operation.
  6. In-patient drugs and dressing, implants.
  7. In-patient X-ray and physiotherapy as prescribed by Surgeon.
  8. In-patient accommodation and meals.
Savings can be from 30-90%, depending upon the procedure and the destination. A cost comparison (based on typical costs) between India, US, and UK for some popular medical procedures:
Procedure/Treatment India ($) USA ($) UK (GBP)
Open Heart Surgery (CABG) 7,500 100,000 20,000
Total Knee Replacement 7,000 48,000 15,000
Hip Resurfacing 8,000 55,000 15,000
LA Hysterectomy 4,000 22,000 6,000
Lap Cholecystectomy 3,500 18,000 4,000
Spinal Decompression Fusion 7,100 60,000 32,100
Obesity Surgery (Gastric Bypass) 9,800 65,000 12,000
(*)Prices are only indicative and may change due to currency fluctuations or other external cost factors
A representative list is provided below. However, there may be many other forms of treatments & therapies available too, and the availability of the below mentioned ones also must be checked with the specific hospital/treatment center/facility you plan to take treatment from
  1. Oral Medication - Herbal medicines in tablet, concoction, oil, lehya, syrup forms
  2. Therapeutic massages consisting of the following:
    1. Panchakarma/ Bio cleansing measures (vasti, virechanam, vamanam, rakta moksha, nassyam)
    2. Adjuvant measures (medicated paste, oil bandages)
    3. Tarpanam,Putapaka (for eyes)
    4. Kerala special treatments (shirodhara, Navarakizhi, pizhichil)
  1. Muscle/ Bone/ Joint Conditions
    1. Arthritis (Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Ostea
    2. Cervical/ Lumbar spondylitis, Sciatica
    3. Back/ neck/ joint pains
    4. Ankylosing Spondylosis
    5. Gout
  2. Neurological rehabilitation
    1. Stroke/ paralysis rehabilitation = Pakshaghata
    2. Road Traffic Accident rehabilitation
    3. Parkinson’s disease = Kampavata
  3. Women’s health/ Gynaecological Issues
    1. Menstrual Disorders
    2. PCOS/ PCOD
    3. Infertility
    4. Fibroids
    5. Endometrial Hyperplasia
    6. Dysmenorrhea
  4. Pediatric Disorders
    1. Cerebral palsy = Phakka Roga
    2. Autism / ADHD = Bala unmada
    3. Global developmental Delay = Masthulunga kshaya
  5. Metabolic disorders
    1. Diabetes and related complications
    2. Thyroid
    3. Fatty liver
    4. Hypertension
    5. Obesity
  6. Gastro-Intestinal disorders
    1. Irritable Bowel Syndrome/ Disease
    2. Acid Peptic Disorders
    3. Ulcerative Colitis
    4. Crohn’s Disease
    5. Chronic Constipation
  7. Mental disorders
    1. Psychosis = Unmada
    2. Depression = Kaphaja unmada
    3. Anxiety disorder: Manovikara
    4. Insomnia: Nidranasa
    5. Deaddiction
  8. ENT disorders
    1. Meniere's disease = Karnanadam
    2. Hearing loss = Badhiryam
    3. Vertigo = Bhramam
    4. Sinusitis = Peenasam
    5. Diabetic Retinopathy
    6. Age Related macular degeneration
    7. Computer vision syndrome
    8. Glaucoma
  9. Parasurgical procedures
    1. Piles = Arsas
    2. Fistula, Hydradinitis sappurativa, pilonidal sinus
    3. Perianal abscess = vidradhi
    4. Fissures
    5. Non healing wounds/ ulcers
  10. Geriatric diseases
    1. Alzheimer’s disease, Dementia = Smritinasam
    2. Insomnia = Nidranasam
    3. Degenerative joint disease = Sandhivata
    4. Degenerative Brain Disease = Mastulunga Kshayam
    5. Rejuvenation = Rasayanam
  11. Reproductive disorders
    1. Male subfertility, erectile dysfunction = Shandata, claibya
    2. Female subfertility = Vandhyata
  12. Gynecological disorders
    1. Menstrual disorders = Arthavadosha
    2. Dysmenorrhoea = Kricharthava