Sustaining the growth trajectory of India as a medical tourism destination

With an impressive mean annual growth rate of 30% over the last few years the Indian medical tourism is emerging stronger as one of the most promising medical tourism destinations in the world. According to a report published by Transworldnews in 2013 the Indian medical tourism is expected to have a 3% global share in the medical tourism industry and sustain a CAGR of around 26%. The Deloitte report even acknowledges and specifically states that India will achieve a CAGR of around 30%. Medical tourism in India is generating an annual revenue of around $3 billion and is expected to grow significantly in the next five years. The growth and revenue generation has led many corporate houses in India to...

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The dilemma of catering to the price conscious medical tourists

"Price" is a keystone of medical tourism business. It would be very hard to ignore the fact that pricing plays a very critical and substantial role in the decision-making process of a medical tourist. Moreover, in some of the cases the need for medical travel arises due to price issue itself in the patient's home country. However, more than the medical tourists themselves the MTFs (Medical Tourism Facilitators) have a more challenging role of balancing out between quality and price. The pricing concerns for patients also do vary from region to region. For some of them quality is the main concern while for some only price matters. But yes, "price" does form a vital component in both the cases. Only...

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The need to regulate medical tourism education and certification programs

Lately, many companies and people have joined the medical tourism business owing to its rising popularity and a perception among business people who see medical tourism as a quick money making business venture. There has been a dramatic increase in medical tourism companies in the last 5 years. This has in turn has led to setting up of medical tourism education and certification organizations catering specifically to the medical tourism companies. While some of these organizations have been setup with sheer concern for the industry most of them have been setup with only profit in mind. Different medical education and certification organizations follow different sets of standards, criteria and bench-marking with no common set of process in place so that...

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Garlic can fight hardiest bacterial strains

A chemical compound in the humble garlic can neutralise resistant bacteria by paralysing their communication system, scientists say. Bacteria are developing resistance at an alarming pace, and aggressive multi-resistant infections constitute an increasing health problem all over the world, researchers said. Tim Holm Jakobsen, from University of Copenhagen, said that ajoene - the substance present in garlic - specifically prevents the bacteria from secreting the toxin rhamnolipid which destroys white blood cells in the body. White blood cells are indispensable because they play a crucial role in the immune defence system, not only warding off infection, but also killing bacteria, he said. When bacteria clump together in what is known as biofilm - where they surround themselves with a tough...

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Scientists Identify the Switch that Says It’s Time to Sleep

The switch in the brain that sends us off to sleep has been identified by researchers at Oxford University’s Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour in a study in fruit flies. The switch works by regulating the activity of a handful of sleep-promoting neurons in the brain. The neurons fire when we’re tired and need sleep, and dampen down when we’re fully rested. “When you’re tired, these neurons in the brain shout loud and they send you to sleep,” says Professor Gero Miesenböck of Oxford University, in whose laboratory the new research was performed, in a release. Although the research was carried out in fruit flies, or Drosophila, the scientists say the sleep mechanism is likely to be relevant to...

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