India to draft a national medical tourism strategy

Surgeon in front of the Indian flag

The Ministry of Tourism has formulated a draft national strategy for medical and wellness tourism to promote India as key destination for this sector.

The aim of the strategy is to provide a dedicated institutional framework to promote medical tourism, wellness tourism and yoga, Ayurveda tourism and any other form of the Indian system of medicine covered by Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH).

The ministry has also re-constituted the National Medical & Wellness Tourism Board with the Minister of Tourism as its Chairman.

The Ministry has invited feedback on the draft National Strategy and Roadmap from identified central ministries, all the state governments and administrations, plus industry stakeholders.

A brochure, CDs and other publicity material to promote medical and health tourism have been produced by the Ministry and widely distributed in target markets.

The Medical Visa for foreign travel to India for medical treatment is also being promoted again. The ‘E- Medical Visa’ has been introduced for 166 countries.

The Ministry is also providing financial support under the Market Development Assistance (MDA) Scheme to medical/wellness tourism service providers and wellness centres accredited by NABH, for participation in medical/tourism fairs, medical conferences, wellness conferences, wellness fairs and allied road shows.