Ministry creates framework for Medical Tourism
By Express News Service | Published: 20th June 2017 12:46 AM |
NEW DELHI: Ministry of Tourism has prepared a standard framework for assessment and accreditation of all AYUSH facilities that cater to Tourism. Officials said that the initiative will help the tourists both domestic as well as foreign to find the right place for their need.
With a view to promote medical tourism in the country, the Minister of tourism is chairing the meeting of National Medical and Wellness Tourism Board.
A senior official of the ministry of Tourism said that the institutions can apply online for self-assessment which would then be reviewed for accreditation. All organisations that are already accredited or qualified or certified by NAAC, NABH, ISO-9004, Indian Yoga Association (IYA), Center of Excellence (CoE), and other concerned bodies would be listed on the ministry of Tourism website by 21st June 2017.
According to officials, the purpose is that people who come to India to learn and see the different services like yoga and ayurveda and others are not cheated or discriminated against. Through the web portal, tourists can assess the rates of services that range from medical treatment, yoga, wellness, spas and other services.
Officials said that the growth of medical and wellness tourism in the country has been between 23 to 25 per cent in the country and there is a lot of potential here. “That is the reason why we have decided to standardise the services in this sector,” said an official.
The National Medical and Wellness Tourism Board was constituted under the chairmanship of the minister for Tourism in October 2015 to provide dedicated institutional framework to take forward Medical Tourism and position India as competent and credible medical and well tourism destination.