In order to promote
Medical Tourism in the country, Government has extended the Marketing
Development Assistance (MDA) Scheme to include Medical Tourism in its
purview in February, 2009. Financial support under this Scheme is
provided to approved Medical Tourism Service Providers, i.e.
representatives of Hospitals accredited by Joint Commission for
International Accredited Hospitals (JCI) and National Accreditation
Board of Hospitals (NABH) and Medical Tourism facilitators (Travel
Agents/Tour Operators) approved by Ministry of Tourism, Government of
India and engaged in Medical Tourism subject to adherence to scheme
guidelines and availability of funds. No changes in the policy on MDA
have been made. However, the Ministry does not have any agreement with
any organization/body/entity on Medical Tourism.
The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, along with State
Governments/Union Territory Administrations and other stakeholders
promote Medical Tourism as a niche product in the international markets.
The specific promotion of Medical and Wellness Tourism is also done by
Ministry of Tourism along with the State Governments including at
various international travel events and organizing road shows in
potential markets. In addition, promotion is also done through the
Incredible India campaign.
This information was given by the Union Minister for Tourism Dr. K.
Chiranjeevi in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.