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Low Treatment Costs Attract Foreign Heart Patients To India


Low cost treatment attract foreign heart patients to India


Visiting a different country for medical treatment has become everyone's cup of tea these days. Online platforms such as Vaidam Health are available to facilitate your travel and treatment in India. There is no uncertainty in the fact that India has known worldwide for its medical services. Patients come to India in multitudes every year to under surgeries and other treatment. This is attributed to affordable prices, highly advanced technologies, expert specialists and ease of traveling as well as accommodation.


➤ Medical visa was introduced in India in June 2005 and soon after it also allowed people of approximately 150 countries to apply it online.

➤As per the survey, the tourism industry issues around 170000 medical visas in the year 2016 and there is a rise of 45% after that. Clearly, medical tourism in India is booming with each passing day.


Reasons why India is the first choice for any cardiac treatment


➽ Low-cost treatment


 This is the primary factor because of which most of the foreign patients are attracted to India for heart surgeries.

➤According to research, approximately 50,000 people undergo heart surgeries in India each year.

The prices of procedures done in India are equal to a fraction of those in western countries like US and UK. For instance, the heart bypass surgery cost in India is around 4500 USD, whereas in the US it is around 50,000 USD. Isn’t it amusing?


The cost of some of the most common cardiac surgeries in India are listed below:


Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

Price in India - 4500 USD

Price in the US - 50,000 USD



Price in India - 300 USD

Price in the US -  1500 USD


Coronary angioplasty

Price in India - 38oo USD

Price in the US - 20,000 USD


Valve replacement

Price in India - 6000 USD

Price in US - 80,000 USD

➽ World-class infrastructure and technology


The cardiology hospitals in India are well-equipped with the latest technology and modern infrastructure to accelerate the treatment process.  For example, conventional heart surgery is now replaced with minimally invasive surgeries, which have the following advantages over the conventional technique,

  • There is a small incision which heals the wound in lesser time.

  • The surgery does not involve any breastbone, which decreases the chances of any bone-related issues.

  • Minimal blood loss.

  • Quicker recovery with less pain and discomfort.

  • Diabetic people who are usually more prone to infection can easily recover from the surgery.


➽ Accreditation by NABH & NABL 


NABH or National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers is one of the boards of Quality Council of India, set up to establish and operate accreditation program for the healthcare organization. This accreditation stimulates the hospital for improvement and enables it to demonstrate quality care. It also raises community confidence in the services provided by the hospital.

On the other hand, NABL is the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories, which is responsible for quality care of laboratories. There are nearly 500 cardiology hospitals in India which are accredited by NABH and NABL, hence ensuring standardized quality care to the patients.


➽ Exceedingly skilled and experienced cardiac specialists 


The cardiac surgeons in India are known across the globe for performing the most complex surgeries with a high success rate. Some of the even hold an experience of 30-40 years such as Dr. Ashok Seth with 38 years of experience, Dr. Naresh Trehan with 40 years of experience, Dr. Satyamurthy I with nearly 37 years of experience, etc. Not only this, but the doctors have also started attending OPD camps in other countries where there is a lack of good medical faculty.


 ➽Some other factors include:

  • Ease of getting accommodation near the hospital

  • Ease of commuting from one place to another

  • Visa assistance

  • Free airport pickup and drop-off facility.

  • Provision for foreign currency exchange

  • Multi-linguistic interpreters

  • Minimal waiting time

Author Name
Dr. Kavreen Arora

Published Date
: 17-May-2019

Dr. Kavreen Arora

Dr. Kavreen studied medicine and actively practised for few years before she decided to share her knowledge through medical blogs and articles. Since then, Dr. Kavreen has written several articles about the recent advances in various medical treatments, life expectancies, and the best hospitals & doctors across the nation. 

She is a keen observer and likes to keep herself updated with the new technologies. She is an avid reader and an earnest writer in the medical field.

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