25 February 2006
Dr Premhar Shah, of The Medical Tourist Company, says that while an eight-hour flight for treatment might seem daunting, India offers excellent value and high-quality facilities. “We prefer to send health tourists to India because the standard of care is so high,” he says. “Also, there is no language barrier – all the doctors we use speak English.”
Dr Shah’s company, set up last year, has already sent 40 patients to India, to hospitals in Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore. It offers hip and knee replacements, cosmetic surgery, dental treatments, weight-reduction programmes, corrective eye surgery, and even some heart procedures.