A recent survey by a popular national daily of Oman has proved that India is fast catching the eye of Omanis seeking advanced medical treatments at a cost effective medical tourist destination. According to the reports of ‘Times of Oman’, this year has witnessed a sudden upsurge of 30% in context of issuing medical visas to Omanis in comparison to other kinds of visas.
Talking about the tremendous upsurge in the figures of medical tourists coming to India, a senior official from the Indian Embassy in Muscat said, “There was a tremendous increase in the number of all kinds of visas issued to Omanis during the first half of 2012. The statistics reveal that India is turning into a prime destination for Omanis who opt for advanced treatment and also want to have a glimpse of the rich Indian cultural heritage. The rise in the number of medical visas shows that India is turning into a medicare hub. India has state-of-the-art medical facilities, experienced medics, affordable and quality nursing facilities, cheap medicines, and traditional healthcare centers. This has led to a rush in medical tourism”.
During last six months, the five major destinations in India where Omanis have visited for medical treatments include New Delhi, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. The Omanis were in all praise about the state of the art facilities and quality services provided to them in India and also felt being at home due to cultural similarities and historical ties with the country.
“I took my wife for allergy treatment to Kerala a few weeks ago. She received the best available treatment and now she is fine. The facilities are world-class and treatment quite cheap. The processing of official papers for going to India for medical purposes is much easier compared to any other country. Moreover, the facilities we get there are the best,” said Fahad Al-Kharousi, an oil company employee from Oman. With such enthusiasm and faith in Indian medical tourism among the natives of Middle East countries, the country will soon rise to fame as the Mecca for global medical tourists.