B’lore is firmly on Medical Tourism Map - The New Indian Express

B’lore is firmly on Medical Tourism Map

Published: 01st February 2014 08:20 AM

Last Updated: 01st February 2014 08:25 AM

It was in 2001 that I moved to Canada with my family. Four years later, we moved to the United States. But I decided to come to Bangalore for a special connection that I established with it almost 25 years ago.

In 1994, I met with an accident and broke my hand. It was a Bangalore-based doctor who fixed it and he did a great job. His kindness and helping nature touched my heart, and I started referring to him patients, most of whom could not afford a high fee, and he never asked them to pay.

Last year, I met with another car accident and my left knee was damaged. While my right knee compensated, it was damaged, too. I had to get a knee replacement. Although I was in the US, I knew who the best doctor for me was. I enquired about my insurance and they told me that they don’t reimburse for expenses incurred outside the country. I still chose to visit my doctor in Bangalore, and my surgery that was performed in July 2013 was successful. Three weeks later, I started walking. After three months, I was able to sit cross-legged on the floor.

Now, I can move about and work to keep myself busy. People in Bangalore were so warm that I never felt like a patient - I felt as if I received VIP treatment. I love my Bangalore.

There is a perception that West has the best healthcare systems. My experience shows that we have the best-skilled people here with world standards.

We have the best doctors and some of the best hospitals and we need to make use of them. I had a great time here with friends and family.

I want people all over the world to be aware of the abundance in Bangalore. Everybody should come and visit Bangalore, whether as a tourist or as a patient like me.

We have to promote Bangalore in as many ways as possible. I have a dream, which is to see people walking without pain, especially the less-privileged. I am sure I can do it with the help of the excellent doctors here as it’s the best medical tourist destination.

While here, I also discovered Vidyarthi Bhavan dosa and fell in love with its dosa. The combination of good food and great friends in this city makes me want to keep coming back. In spite of having lived in Canada and the US, Bangalore is the best.

(The writer, who lived in Lakkasandra, is resident of United States)

my Bangalore

Likes

   My friends here

   Vidyarthi Bhavan

   Doctors and hospitals

   Weather

   Commercial Street

Dislikes

   Traffic

   Bad Roads

   Poor urban planning

   Scarcity of water

   Rising costs

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