A middle-class gentleman from the UK plans his holidays to coincide with his dental appointments. A Ugandan lady who life prospects the doctors have written off boards a plane to seek further help as does as a Kenyan diagnosed with the dreadful disease of Cancer. What the English Gentleman, the Ugandan Lady and the Kenyan gentleman have in common is that they are all heading to India; the global centre for medical tourism.
I had heard many people talk about the making of ‘medical miracles’ in India but it was never so important until I chanced upon a 6 part program on Al Jazeera called Indian Hospital. It is a showcase of the realities of the industry and why India’s Medical Tourism Industry has grown to 1.1 million tourists with revenues of US$ 2.4 billion between 2009 and 2012. This unique observational documentary series shines a light on Indian society illuminating the complexities and dilemmas of modern India through the extraordinarily varied lives of patients and medical staff working at the Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospital Complex in Bangalore. (more…)