New rules on medical tourism agents in India

The Ministry of Finance and The National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH) have issued new rules for the accreditation of medical tourism agents.
Empanelment of Medical Value Travel for Medical Facilitators (MVTF), accreditation is voluntary and is valid for two years at a time.
Empanelment is the provision by an independent body of a certificate that the services being provided by the facilitator meets specific requirements. The objective of NABH is to initiate programmes focusing on patient safety through process of self and external evaluation in order to test the accountability and reliability of the facilitators. The empanelment criteria’s are not expected to be prescriptive. They only lay down the requirements and it is up to organization to come out with the systems, processes and modes of measuring performance indicators that can demonstrate compliance to the requirements as specified in the empanelment criteria.

At the launch, Union Health secretary C.K. Mishra said, “India needs to focus on quality investment to remain globally competitive in the area of medical tourism. Indian healthcare has been constantly improving and globally acknowledged. It is time for both celebration and introspection — celebration, as the sector has done well and is continuously striving to do well, and introspection, because there is still a lot to do, as there is a huge opportunity still to be tapped.”