In the hope of having a family, couples have been running errands and venturing out to different countries in the hope of finding a cure to end their struggle with infertility. Childlessness can affect people from all walks of life. It can be physically, mentally and emotionally draining as well.
With the hope of conceiving a child, couples, both national and foreign, have been drifting to Indian off shores expecting effectual fertility treatments. The considerably lower treatment expenditures and the service quality has led to the surge in a number of childless couples coming to India from around the world.
The Indian Medical Tourism Industry is burgeoning with a growth percentage of 18% CAGR every year. Currently constituting of nearly 18% of the global medical tourism market, India is expected to reach 20% of the share with a worth of about USD 9 billion by 2020. According to the Medical Tourism Market Report 2015, India was found as “one of the lowest cost and highest quality of all medical tourism destinations”.
Besides the recognized perks of cost and quality service, India offers other wide-ranging benefits for medical tourists such as:
1. Good practice score, enhancing the credibility of Indian clinics in providing cross-border reproductive healthcare
2. Access to immediate service is another factor which is preferred by foreign medical tourists.
3. Customized medical procedures, including additional services such as medical visa, arranging appointments, transportation, and lodging, and comfortable stay during the treatment, etc.
What is fertility tourism?
Fertility tourism, or what people refer to as ‘reproductive tourism’ in the west, is an effective option for thousands of hopeful parents. The process of child conceiving is unhindered by factors such as patient’s age, sexual orientation or financial budget.
The fertility tourism is a spur of medical tourism, referring to a process where patients undergo infertility-related procedures in foreign countries which offer a less regressive regulatory framework or relatively more-cost effective treatments. India, conveniently passing the above-mentioned criteria, has emerged as an ideal destination for infertility-related treatments among childless parents.
According to Dr. Gautam Allahbadia (Rotunda-The Center for Human Reproduction, Mumbai), “The increasing proclivity of parents to resort to India for infertility-treatments is mainly due to the highly-effective treatments, and introduction of new fertility-enhancing protocols to help deliver the patients their ultimate pursuit of happiness, in the form of a child.”
The fertility tourism in the country has circumvented any obtrusions that might affect pregnancies, with the patients going beyond need-based treatments, to ‘lifestyle-based’ treatment, an example being a patient who wishes to conceive at later life stages can get suitable treatments accordingly.
The yearning to have a complete family has made people seek the assistance of the Indian medical experts in the matters relating to reproduction, who in turn are extending their help to give the childless parents, the boon of having a child of their own.
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