India has been at the center of health for thousands of years. Ayurvedic medicine which was developed there in the first century B.C. focuses on balance in the body and moderation of diet and lifestyle. Today, India is again at the forefront of medicine by offering top hospitals that delivery high quality medical treatment and care at very low costs.
For example, state-of-the-art heart surgery can cost as little as $1800 whereas the same surgery in the U.S. may cost $90,000. Because of the affordability, Indian doctors perform many more heart procedures, for example, than other doctors around the world. The high volume has resulted in excellent clinical outcomes.
The doctor’s experience combined with top technology and a focus on care that stems from Ayurvedic roots has put India on the map for medical tourism. Although the majority of international patients arrive from nearby countries such as Bangladesh and the Middle East, the hospitals are attracting patients from Europe and America as the benefits to visiting a top hospital in India become known.
The hubs in India for leading healthcare are Chennai, New Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru. Here are five top hospitals in India for medical tourism from these cities.
Narayana Health – Bengaluru (Bangalore)
Narayana Health was started by Dr. Devi Shetty who began as a heart surgeon, treated Mother Teresa, and founded Narayana Health in 2000. Their first hospital was in Bangalore and they now have several hospitals in the city and have expanded to more than 20 across India delivering high quality and affordable care. The hospital provides treatment in over 30 specialties with cardiology and cardiac surgery being a center of excellence. In 2016 they treated over 15,000 international patient from 78 different nationalities. Narayana Health has also opened a hospitals in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, called Health City Cayman Islands where some of its top doctors work. They have an efficient international patients center at this link: http://internationalpatientcare.narayanahealth.org
Indraprastha Apollo Hospital – New Delhi
The Apollo Hospital Group is one of the largest hospital healthcare groups in the region. It was started by Dr. Prathap Reddy in 1983 to delivery affordable healthcare to Indians with the highest quality. Since its founding it has treated 42 million patients from India and 120 other countries. It’s a pioneer in integrated health and ‘tender loving care’ for its patients. It is accredited by the Joint Commission International and its centers of excellence include cardiology, bariatric surgery, orthopedics, neurosurgery, organ transplant, and cancer care. Its international patients department is at this link: http://www.apollohospdelhi.com/international-contact-us
Medanta Medical City – Gurugram (New Delhi)
Medanta Medical City was found in 2009 by by Dr. Naresh Trehan who was a surgeon at NYU Medical Center. Medanta has a campus that is 2.1 million square feet and has 1,600 beds. The hospital provides services in 22 different specialties and each specialty has its own floor to create a hospital within a hospital effect. The hospital also has cross-specialty and cross functional committees to determine the best course of action for each patient. With some of the best doctors in the world, Medanta provides best in class medical care at affordable prices. They treat over 20,000 international patients per year. The International Patients department is at this link: http://www.medanta.org/international-patient/
Fortis Memorial Research Institute – Gurgaon (New Delhi)
Fortis is a large integrated healthcare provider in India. It operates hospitals across India, many of which are accredited by the Joint Commission International including Fortis in Bengaluru (Bangalore). It’s flagship hospital is the Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI) in Gurgaon near New Delhi. It has some of the most advanced technology for a hospital in the world. Fortis sits on a spacious 11 acre campus with 1,000 beds. Its centers of excellence include cardiology, neurology, cancer treatment, and orthopedics. FMRI also has an extensive health screening program called Health4u. Their international patients department is at this link: https://www.fmri.in/international-patients
Asian Heart Institute – Mumbai
The Asian Heart Institute (AHI) in Bengaluru is one of the top heart hospitals in the world. The hospital was established 13 years ago and has treated over 300,000 patients with incredible success rates. For bypass surgeries the success rate is 99.83%. For cardiac surgeries the success rate is 99.4%. The hospital is JCI accredited and focuses only on the heart. The hospital has a patient centric design and it was ranked the top hospital in India for complex heart surgeries. Their international patients center is at this link: http://www.asianheartinstitute.org/international-patients/