B’desh: 45% FTAs on med­i­cal visa

Bangladesh alone con­sti­tuted about 45 per cent of to­tal for­eign tourist ar­rivals (FTAs) to In­dia on med­i­cal visa in 2017, ac­cord­ing to a FICCI study on ‘In­dia: In­no­vat­ing Trans­form­ing and Defin­ing Med­i­cal Value Travel’.

TravTalk - India - - STATISTICS - Source: Min­istry of Tourism, 2017& EY Anal­y­sis

Bangladesh holds the eighth place among largest pop­u­la­tion coun­tries in the world. The ma­jor des­ti­na­tion coun­tries in­clude In­dia, China, Sin­ga­pore, Thai­land, South Korea, Malaysia, Saudi Ara­bia, the USA, the UK, Aus­tralia, Ja­pan and Ger­many for treat­ments in­clud­ing car­di­ol­ogy, on­col­ogy, neu­rol­ogy and orthopaedi­c. Ma­jor­ity of deaths in Bangladesh are due to non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases out of which can­cer has a share of 10 per cent. How­ever, the ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture caters to ap­prox­i­mately 10 per cent of can­cer pa­tients with 16 can­cer treat­ment cen­tres in Bangladesh. High costs, poor ser­vices, long wait­ing lists, lack of tech­nol­ogy in Bangladesh are the ma­jor rea­sons for med­i­cal value travel from Bangladesh.

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