Medical Tourism in India

 Description Here is my theoretical framework “For  thesis emonstrate why health tourists travel to India. In order to do this you must analyze the reasons that make traveling to India for health tourism more viable than staying in country for medical treatments. find sources to pinpoint the specific reasons why seeking medical treatment in India has become the prudent option. The primary theory behind the ability to travel abroad for any service (i.e. medical, financial, etc.) is the time-space compression theory. The time-space compression theory portrays the three-dimensionality of space in respect to time (and time in respect to space). Because of advancements in modern technology, transportation and communication have been drastically altered. The time that has usually been required to travel from one point to another has decreased while the distance remains the same. Simultaneously, the time it once took to communicate from one corner of the globe to the other has diminished exponentially in recent years even though the distance remains constant. Both of these factors lend hand in allowing more people access to other places, people, and ideas that they would otherwise be without. With distance and communication not factors, people seeking medical attention can look beyond what is immediately available. The second theory behind why people travel to India for health tourism is affordability. Most procedures in India cost less across the board than for countries in the West. John Connell demonstrates the affordability of procedures in their journals. Connell compares the costs for an emergency open-heart surgery in the United States to India. In the United States the cost was around 70,000 USD compared to around 4,400 USD it costed in India. The same can be said for a less invasive procedures. In India the cost for a colonoscopy is around 100 USD while in the US the cost may start as low as 1,000 USD. The disparity in prices allows the people to undergo the same procedure as well as pay for travel costs for a fraction of the price. The third theory behind the success of medical tourism in India is the quality and specialization of doctors. Annette B. Ramirez de Arellano demonstrates this in her journal article. India markets its medical industry as “hi-tech healing” which is essentially stating its cutting-edge technology in the country. You will point out, the major demographic of health tourists that go to India today are patients from Africa. They choose to travel to India for the best medical expertise in the closest proximity to them. A high number of Kenyans see this as the most viable way to receive treatment. Moreover, an increasing number of middle and upper class individuals from all over Africa find medical tourism to India to be the most sought out way to receive medical treatment.