Medical tourism is a rapidly growing industry with more and more people from all over the world traveling to other countries to get medical, dental, and surgical services from hospitals and other health destinations.
Countries like India, Costa Rica, Hungary, Cuba, Israel, Malaysia, South Africa, Thailand and the Philippines are actively promoting medical tourism and many patients considering going abroad for their medical procedures such as cosmetic plastic surgery often wonder which country to choose. What are some of the advantages of choosing India as a destination for patients planning to have different surgeries?
Cost - The primary advantage in medical tourism is cost. You can save a lot of money when you choose to have cosmetic surgery done in the India. Because of the favorable exchange rate ($1= 47.42 INR, 1GBP=87.63INR and 1 EUR=59.26 INR), both local and foreign patients who otherwise couldn't afford cosmetic surgery can benefit from the lower overhead costs and professional fees. Procedures can be performed at a fraction of the amount one would spend on the same procedure in the US or Europe. For example, the average surgeon's fee for eyelid surgery in the U.S. is $2,500 and in the India, a qualified surgeon will charge only $600 to $1,500. For liposuction, surgeon's fees in the U.S. average $2,000 per area. In the India, it is around $800 for the first area and $500 for succeeding areas. Anesthesiologist's fees and facility costs are also much lower.
Qualified Surgeons - Although cost savings are significant when one chooses to come to India for any surgery, cost shouldn't be the only factor to consider, since it can cost more to remedy poor results done by unqualified cosmetic surgery providers. Lower cost doesn't mean sacrificing quality of care. Whether one is having cosmetic surgery done abroad or in one's home country, choosing the right doctor is the single most important decision you will make. In the India, there are many well-trained and highly skilled plastic surgeons, which have studied in some of the world's best medical schools and worked in several reputed hospitals abroad. Many Indian doctors go to the US , UK , Australia and European for additional postgraduate training and experience. They can therefore provide equal or greater quality surgical care than U.S. or European hospitals. India has been exporting doctors and nurses to the U.S. and Europe for 50 years now and Indian nurses and doctors staff many U.S. and European hospitals. Thus, you can get quality medical care at a fraction of the price in developed countries.
The Caring and Compassionate nature of the Indians - Besides competence, Indian doctors and nurses are also well known for being caring and compassionate. The joint family system and the traditional values of caring for the unwell and the elderly have been ingrained in their nature by their parents and their society.
English - India is undoubtedly the largest English speaking country in the world when it comes to population surveys. This greater fluency in English is an important advantage for a service industry and an essential for cosmetic surgery. Good communication between doctor and patient is very important since a patient should be able to ask questions and discuss needs and expectations to make an informed judgment.
The Indians are well known for their hospitality and friendliness and even the local population can communicate in English with foreigners. These advantages, combined with the fact that India is a beautiful country of unending diversity stretching from Gujarat to Arunachal, and from Kashmir to Kerala, with a variety of places to visit while on vacation, makes it a worthwhile country to consider for cosmetic surgery vacations.
Planning your Surgery?
Confirm with us our availability and we shall schedule your surgery on the dates YOU desire. Follow these instructions – ‘Seven Steps to Arrange your Surgery' and get a VISA , buy your tickets and inform us of your arrival.
If you request and pay in advance we arrange for your airport pick-up too. However, for reaching us on your own, please read the travel guidelines.
At the Sahara Hospital we give you accommodation, get your investigations done, operate you, help you with your shopping or sight-seeing during your recovery and drop you back at the Airport. We will also help you to plan rest of your holidays in India . Ask us for assistance at any stage in your preparation for surgery.
Costs of Surgeries
Presumably, not many centers can offer such economical charges and provide an honest rate list as ours. There are absolutely no hidden costs at all. Click here for the rates of hospitalization, surgeries and costs of just any other charges applicable. Confirm with us by writing to us
Seven steps to arrange for your Surgery
The first step in seeking treatments at Sahara hospital is obviously seeking our first consultation. If you are anywhere near our hospital, you are welcome to call us up 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. IST (Tel +91 522 6780001/6782159) for an appointment.
If you are overseas, or far away from us, we suggest you run through all the steps given underneath and have a convenient appointment fixed up for surgery the day after you arrive at our hospital. The steps are as follows:
Step 1. EXPLAINING YOUR PROBLEM BY EMAIL TO US
Write to us at email@example.com and explain in brief your problem. If possible, attach a picture of yours too so that we know what your problem is like. Once you get our response to your initial email query, and if you still happen to have any further query, do write back to us. But this time, send us a reply to your first query. This way we can keep a trace of you, and your letter does not get mixed up with the scores of queries we receive every week.
Hopefully you shall receive your reply within 2 week days. If not, please do not hesitate to send us a copy of your letter again.
Step 2. SENDING YOUR PICTURES TO US
If you are e-mailing your picture to us, please ensure that it is not over 50K in size, and it should preferably be in the *.jpg format. Every area of the body needs to be assessed by a particular set of pictures. They should be best representing your case.
Step 3. CONFIRMING COSTS OF SURGERY
Once we are clear on what your problem is, and you have our opinion on the sort of surgery to be done, ask us for our rates or fee that is likely to be incurred. Please proceed further only if the rates are suitable for you. You must browse over the given on our web-site to gather what sort of expenditures are likely. Please be informed about the mode of payment as well.
Step 4. PRE-OPERATIVE INVESTIGATIONS
You now need to undergo some basic tests before the surgery. To save time, you could get them done at your own place too, and even convey to us by email all your test reports, so that we cross check for you whether they are in order or not. The tests you need to run through are the following.
Haemogram/ Complete Blood Counts/ ABO Group & Rh Typing/ Blood Urea Nitrogen and Creatinine/ Blood Sugar or Glucose Tolerance Test/ Thyroid profile/ Lipid profile/ Serum for Australia Antigen (HBs Ag EIA)/HIV 1 & 2 Ab EIA/ VDRL/ Urine Analysis
Other tests for confirming your fitness for general anesthesia also require Electrocardiogram and Chest X-Ray. Please consult your family Physician or doctor in your area to confirm that the results are in order, and that you are in a fit general condition to undergo surgery.
While it is always a good idea to get the tests done before traveling here, we can conveniently get them done here in case it is not possible for you at your own place.
Step 5. LEGAL FORMALITIES
Please go through the Consent Form that is attached here as a word document, and be prepared to sign the same or a similar document before your surgery.
You shall need a VISA to enter India and before buying a ticket, please make sure other formalities are done at your end. Some countries, including USA , have the requirement of taking vaccinations for hepatitis A & B, typhoid and a polio booster, plus a prescription for anti-malarial pills
Step 6. ARRANGING AN ESCORT TO HELP YOU REACH US
In case you are new to India, and feel you cannot make it to us on your own, you can ask us beforehand for our Escort Services. Lucknow has an International Airport and is very well connected by both flights and trains from all other metros with International Airports. You have to inform us the correct date, time and flight number and airlines you are traveling by to us in advance. We shall email you the details like taxi number, mobile number and even a picture of the escort beforehand. The escort shall receive you at the Lucknow Airport, or Railway Station holding up a placard at the reception lounge. He shall have you transferred to a Hotel For such a facility; you have to bere a very minimum cost. This facility is specially recommended for ladies and students, and to most other patients who are traveling first time to India or any Asian country.
Step 7. GETTING HELP TO REACH US ON YOUR OWN
Please see if you are competent to travel on your own to our Hospital, Sahara Hospital , which is in virajkhand ,Gomti nagar, Lucknow . It is 18 Km from the Airport and 12 Km from the Railway Station. Give us a ring and we will guide you.
You can inform us which dates you need an appointment for. Please get a confirmation from us about our availability during the period you want to come to us. Only then you should get your travel arrangements finalized. And it is imperative that once you have booked, you must inform us the final date of your arrival to us at our hospital.
COST OF COMMON COSMETIC PROCEDURES
Below is given a comprehensive list of all rates that hold good at our center. We abide by these rates and there are absolutely no other hidden charges. Before your surgery, you are requested to re-confirm with us all these charges. If any procedure is not mentioned within this list, you may ask us before hand for the same.
Costs of Implants are separate from the surgical charges mentioned. These shall vary on the sizes, make, quality and type of implants, and need to be discussed with the surgeon beforehand.
The costs are indicative, and a 5 to 10 percent variation may occur owing to individual requirements etc. Thus patients are requested to confirm with the Plastic Surgeon after discussing their problem.