IIMTC 2016 aims to position India as global medical tourism destination

Society of Critical Care Emergency Medicine (SCCEM) will be organising the third edition of International India Medical Tourism Congress (IIMTC 2016) in Hyderabad, Telengana on from September 3-4, 2016

After two annual medical tourism conferences, Society of Critical Care Emergency Medicine (SCCEM) will be organising the third edition of International India Medical Tourism Congress (IIMTC 2016) in Hyderabad, Telengana on from September 3-4, 2016. Several domestic as well as international participants from the medical tourism industry have confirmed their presence for the event. The third edition of International India Medical Tourism Congress (IIMTC 2016) is expected to witness representation from CIS countries, the Middle East, North African nations, and more.

According to SCCEM, India has all the potential to lead the global medical tourism industry, due to the presence of advanced medical technologies as well as for offering affordable medical care. SCCEM has been involved in establishing India as a premier medical tourism destination in the world, with various efforts to bring different stakeholders at a common platform to discuss impending issues and removing the bottlenecks.

According to a research conducted by Transparency Market Research, the global medical tourism industry is expected to be US$ 32.5 billion by 2019. The study claims that India is at the top of the global medical tourism market, closely followed by Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia. The report also reveals names of the emerging medical tourism destinations, such as Mexico, Brazil, Taiwan and Turkey. However, the entry of new destinations into the medical tourism sector puts an emphasis on addressing issues that may hamper the growth of the Indian medical tourism industry. This is where the IIMTC 2016 is said to play a crucial role by providing a knowledge sharing platform to healthcare professionals, policy makers, accreditation bodies, technology and tourism companies among others.

India is relying upon on the medical tourism sector to increase its foreign currency deposit. PM Modi has already extended his best wishes to the success of IIMTC 2016, and country’s Health Department, Ayush Department, Tourism Department etc are seeing the event as an opportunity to build the ‘Brand India’ proposition among foreign nationals choosing the country for an effective and cost-effective healthcare or treatment.

H N Garg, president, SCCEM, stated, “Several representatives from the leading hospitals, healthcare centres from India will be present at the two-day conference to shape the future of the Indian medical tourism industry.”

Today India is one of the leading destinations for international patients to get quality treatments in the areas of bone marrow transplants, cardiac bypass surgeries, heart surgeries, spine surgeries and dental treatments. At IIMTC 2016, Indian healthcare providers will also showcase their medical technologies and capabilities in other areas as well to draw more international patients.

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