Govt set to launch 'heal in India' plan

The Union health ministry is giving final touches to a new initiative – heal in India and heal by India – a new portal which is likely to be announced by the prime minister (PM) on August 15. The new portal aims to give impetus to medical tourism.

Developed under the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission, the portal will have a repository of healthcare professionals, hospitals services to help overseas patients seeking medical help in India. “India is the pharmacy of the world. The new initiative aims to make India the medical hub of the world,” said a senior government official on the condition of anonymity.

The government plans to facilitate medical help for overseas patients by providing the support required for them in India.

“We will give them visa support, language support, and hospital support that will be required at any point,” he added.

The initiative will be free of cost for those seeking help and will also take care of the grievances related to cheating, overcharging and quality issues. It will also have Ayurveda doctors on board who could be tapped in case someone is looking for a remedy through traditional medicine.

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The health ministry has identified over 40 countries from where India sees higher footfall. The government has got healthcare providers from both public and private hospitals. “We will create a mechanism to make medical tourism hassle-free for those coming from other countries. To streamline the entire process, they will have access to a portal which will provide them with the required information,” he further added.

The treatment packages will also be laid out so that the patients from abroad are not overcharged, people in the know told ET.

Mostly patients from abroad come for surgeries, cancer treatment, organ transplant surgeries, among others.

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Harry Byrne

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