India Bullish on Medical Value Travel

Indian traditional medicines like Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and holistic healing gaining global popularity.

As part of the ongoing Health Week, the India Pavilion at EXPO2020 Dubai yesterday hosted two sessions on Medical Value Travel (MVT), wherein sectoral experts elaborated their views on the opportunities that the MVT sector holds and the rising role of telemedicine & Indian traditional medicine.

The first session “Medical Value Travel Post Pandemic: Challenges & Opportunities” witnessed discussion on the opportunities and growth of the MVT industry in a post-pandemic environment. The speakers shared their thoughts on how the MVT industry in partnership with other emerging technology providers and the government can accelerate Tele-Health in India and at the global level.

Sharing his views, Mr Sunil H Talati, Chairman, Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC) said,

“Every year billions of people take advantage of medical tourism and medical travel for better treatment and appropriate medical attention. While pandemic has hit the sector badly, we expect India to gain around USD 13 billion business by treating international patients this year. Both SEPC and the Government of India are extremely positive regarding the growth of MVT in the 
coming years.”

Addressing the audiences, Mr David Boucher, Group CSE, Aster DM Healthcare said, “The last two years have been really difficult for international medical travel because of the travel restrictions and ongoing pandemic. I believe that there is a huge pent-up demand, and we are very bullish on the market and the sector.”

Recently, at the ongoing Dubai Expo, the ‘Tourism Fortnight’ at EXPO2020 Dubai concluded, with the sector highlighting India’s core strengths across different areas of tourism including medical, luxury and adventure.

The session on medical tourism was crucial in highlighting India’s strengths and the ability of the country to offer both modern and traditional systems of medicines, thereby, providing a holistic healing destination across the world. ‘Heal in India’!

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