In the past few years, India has become a booming destination for medical tourism and Forbes published a report deeming India for its accolades. Out of different specialties, dentistry is one of the most popular areas for medical tourism in India. Let us first understand why international patients would choose India as their healthcare destination:
Better treatment because of international status; hence no waiting in que?s
Highly experienced medical professional
Tourist friendly destination for patients
But, as a dentist what can one do to attract more international patients? After speaking to a few doctors who have gained experienced in treating international patients, they shared some words of advice to other doctors who are trying to get into medical tourism. One of their main points was to increase their exposure in the industry and market your skills well.
Resources should be spent on making the website interactive
Facility should be made for online appointment booking and easy access to patient records
Success stories and testimonials from past patients garners attention
Transparency in treatment fees
Dr. Balvinder S. Thakkar from Jaipur Dental Hospital says that a lot of patients are insecure to meet a new doctor, but his righteous, caring and supportive attitude has helped him get the best references and patients from overseas. Dr. Thomas Paulose from Cochin, Kerala also adds that for dental tourism to further prosper in a country like India, doctors will have to focus on documentation, prompt follow-up, fluent English skills and increase in quality work. He also includes stalwarts like Maggie Ann Grace , worldwide known author on medical tourism, to create more exposure for dental tourism in India. Dr. Anand Krishnamurty tells us how he promptly engages with the tourist community over the Internet to gain trust and garner attention to get more referrals.
Valuable suggestions are easy to make, but the real task is to implement these words of wisdom. India will be called a number 1 medical tourist hub, only when these ideas are executed.