Update: 09:21 | 06/12/2018
The advantage healthcare fair and an international conference on the value of medical tourism opened in India’s Uttar Pradesh state on December 4.
Organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), the event drew more than 200 international businesses, mainly from Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and South Asia.
Representatives from Vietnam’s Ministry of Health, hospitals, medical establishments, tourism trade promotion centres, and travel companies participated in the fair.
On display were equipment, technologies, and services for both medical research, teaching, and examinations, as well as for manufacturing pharmaceutical products.
A roundtable conference between delegates and businesses of participating countries and the Indian Minister of Health will be held as part of the event to discuss the value of medical travel and its prospects.
It also presents an opportunity to sign cooperation agreements between Indian agencies and enterprises with foreign partners.
International delegates will also have an opportunity to visit some hospitals in India to study their infrastructure and quality of medical examinations and treatment.
Medical tourism has been emerging as one of the fastest growing fields in the tourism sector.
According to a report by the FICCI and IMS Health – an American company that provides information, services, and technology for the healthcare industry – India is one of the most attractive medical travel destinations in Asia with the treatment of over 500,000 foreign patients.
India could gross 9 billion USD in revenue from this segment in 2020 and its government is aiming to turn the country into a global healthcare hub.