The Medical Tourism Industry Is Beneficial

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and cross cultural exchanges between guest (people coming for medical treatment) and host (country people are resorting to). To strengthen the argument as to why the medical tourism industry is beneficial is that it provides an opportunity to successfully promote the image of India as a healthcare destination as it forms customer relations with foreign travel companies as well as other global medical relatives (Singh, 2014, Pg.8). “Medical tourism can be considered a kind of import: instead of the product coming to the consumer, as it does with cars or sneakers, the consumer is going to the product” is a quote from James Surowiecki, an American journalist who publicly supports the industry of medical tourism in India (The Take Away, 2012, Web). The form of medical care in India is treated as a commodity as people travel to receive it at a price that is bargained for. But how much cheaper is the cost of particular medical treatments in India compared to countries such as the US? To get a clear idea, a hip replacement has a median cost of $50,000 in the US, but has a typical cost of $9,000 in Indian hospitals, and a knee replacement can have a median cost of $45,000 verses the average cost of $8,000 in Indian hospitals (Clarke, 2008, Pg.400). Most individuals travel to India to receive these reduced procedures because of wait times they may face for particular surgeries or other treatments and because they treatment they want is not covered or available in their core country
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