A Guide To India's International Healthcare System

Healthcare is one of the largest service sectors in India. The international healthcare system in India is apparently quite dynamic and persistently developing, while boasting some of the latest advancement in medical technology.

India’s healthcare services are not just limited to its own people, but to patients across the globe as well. As an approximation, about 180,000 patients travel from around the world to India to seek medical care. And these patients not just belong to the underdeveloped parts of the world, such as Africa, South and West Asia, which are lacking in several essential healthcare facilities, but also from the developed countries around the globe. Consequently, medical tourism is considered to be one of the significant factors contributing to the GNP of India.

The healthcare institutions of India provide state of the art services regarding healthcare, Apollo Hospitals being one of them. Additionally, the treatments available also have the advantage of being cost-effective, thus attracts patients from all over the world to India. According to a joint study by the Confederation of Indian Industries and McKinsey, medical tourism grew into a $2 billion industry in 2012.

Lower import duties and rates on the equipment used in healthcare, along with expedited visas are some of the incentives put forward by the government of India as a privilege to its foreign customers that travel from abroad to India seeking medical treatment. These measures contribute towards the growth of medical tourism.

India does not appeal to overseas patients for its advanced healthcare services only, but also because of its ancient yet effective traditional medicine. As an alternative medicine, the 5000-year-old Ayurveda is still in practice particularly in the southern parts of the nation and is pursued by numerous western tourists every year.

Keeping up the custom, Apollo Hospitals has also extended its up-to-date services to international patients, providing state-of-the-art care as well as online services so that the patients abroad can contact doctors for consultation before planning their visits.

While recovering in a spacious, well ventilated and peaceful room with television and internet facilities is important, there are more important issues that India’s international healthcare system addresses. This includes the standards of governance in health units, the commitment of the staff towards self-improvement, the overall medical ethical standards of the organization, the quality of the staff, the clinical and infection track record of the health unit, the location of the unit and the presence of a just and fair system to deal with matters when things go wrong.

Accidents can happen anywhere hence, there are ten evidence-based tips known internationally for prevention from such events in hospitals. These include the prevention of central line-associated bloodstream infections, re-engineering hospital discharges, preventing venous thromboembolism, educating patients about the safe use of blood thinners, controlling shift periods for medical residents and other hospital staff, working with a PSO (Patient Safety Organization), using good hospital design principles, assessing the hospital’s patient safety culture, inserting chest tubes safely, and building better teams and rapid response systems.

Pain management is an important job in a hospital. A doctor must first appreciate the fact that every patient has the right for accurate evaluation and controlling of pain. They must be screened for pain during the initial evaluation process and also during the on-going procedures if it is a clinical requirement. Moreover they, along with their families, should also be educated about their pain and how it can be managed.

These are some of the objectives and international standards in the healthcare industry. And Apollo Hospitals, the leading hospitals in the private sector of India, have successfully obtained all standards of healthcare, thus surpassing every healthcare unit in the country.

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