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(1)
Sperm donation fad, thanks to Bollywood
(Source:
Times of India, New Delhi ePaper edition May 21st., 2012)

Couples demand IIT + IIM,or IAS/ IPS/ Doctor,or IIT + CA sperms by their clinical cocktail names, says D Arun Kumar, chief executive officer of Delhi-based medical tourism firm, Mediescapes India. With Indians excelling in professional fields now, patients from other countries are also looking at Indian sperm donors. In the past six months, there has been an increase in foreigners coming to India for sperm donors. Price revision in European ART clinics has made it unaffordable for them in their home. We routinely get at least two patients a month from USA and Europe seeking screened donor sperms, he says.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Sperm-donation-fad-thanks-to-Bollywood/articleshow/13323298.cms

(2) REGULATORY ASPECTS OF TRADITIONAL MEDICINE: FOCUS TOWARDS UNANI COSMECEUTICAL PRODUCTS
(Source:
International Journal of Phermacutical Science and Research (2012), Vol. 3, Issue 06, February 19th., 2012)

The regulatory authorities are now focusing on the regulatory issues of traditional medicines under which Unani system of medicine falls. Today we are witnessing an increase in the use of traditional medicines throughout the world raising the questions as to how safe these preparations are. People are now bending towards the Unani system of medicine because of its safety, efficacy and lesser side effects and hence raising the popularity of the Unani system of medicine. The major problem associated with Unani system of medicine is the lack of regulatory issues that ultimately leads to counterfeiting of Unani medicines.

http://www.ijpsr.com/V3I6/37%20Vol.%203,%20Issue%206,%20June%202012,%20IJPSR-1303%20Paper%2037.pdf 

(3) Medical tourism on the rise despite superbug reports
(Source:
Business Standard, Oct. 24th., 2011)

Operators managing health tourists in India have their hands full these days. Patients from the Western countries in need of surgery are travelling to India in large numbers in the last quarter of the calendar year, so that they can be well during Christmas and New Year celebrations, according to doctors and executives at medical tourism companies. This is despite reports of high levels of ‘superbugs’ in and around some Indian hospitals.

Confirming the trend, Dr Arun Kumar, CEO of Mediescapes, a medical tourism company, told Business Standard the number of overseas travellers coming for treatment to India has risen since the beginning of October. These are mostly high-end health tourists and are coming from the US, UK and Europe. “We are fully booked till December, as patients want to be in the best of health around year-end festivities,” he said.

The bookings for October to December have risen by around 17-18 per cent, compared to the previous months of the year, according to Kumar. When asked about the impact of superbug reports on medical tourism, he laughed it off.

http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/medical-tourism-on-the-rise-despite-superbug-reports-111102400026_1.html

(4) Get well soon
[Source: Quality Council of India (QCI)]
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It is in these timelines and legwork that the medical tour operator steps in efficiently. Explains Dr Arun Kumar, founder, Mediescapes, a medical tourism travel agency. “The first step is to send current medical records (clinical findings, diagnosis reports, radiology films, CT, MRI scans, lab. slides). We take the next step by getting opinion from highly experienced specialist with cost and duration estimations and the same are passed on to the medical tourist for approval and more questions and answers, if any. Once the final confirmation is given we make all arrangements in real-time basis at the shortest possible time.“ Just what the doctor ordered
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If all medical records are available it takes under 20 days to arrange all services. On an average a medical tourism patient takes roughly 35 days to decide/arrange all resources to put into trip format with assistance from us,” adds Kumar. He surely knows the logistics, on an average he handles 330 medical tourists annually.

Like the choice of hospital, the Average Length of Stay (ALOS) also depends on the procedure. For example, Cardiac surgery: eight days in hospital, 10 days in the city; Joint replacement (unilateral), neuro and spinal surgeries: seven days in hospital, 10 days in city; Joint replacements (bilateral): 10 days in hospital, 10 days in the city; Cosmetic procedures: 2-3 days in the hospital, seven days in the city, further adds Arun Kumar.

http://www.qcin.org/nbqp/qualityindia/Vol-2-No4/12_15.php

(5) Sun, Sand and Surgery
(Source:
The Telegraph, Calcutta December 13th., 2009)
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Cosmetic surgery tourism in India is no longer a serious, hospital-bound affair. “People don’t want to travel half way across the globe just for nip-and-tuck cosmetic surgery. They prefer to do it while they are on a holiday in India,” says Arun Kumar, director, Mediescapes India, a Delhi-based medical tourism firm. He adds that 55 per cent of...

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1091213/jsp/7days/story_11857913.jsp

(6)  Sun, Sea and Surgery
(Source: Journal of the Royal Over-Seas League, UK, June - August, 2008)

India’s catch-line to attract medical tourists from overseas is simple: there is no waiting list for surgery, and everyone understands and speaks fluent English. It is also a lot cheaper than private healthcare in most other countries in the world. A bone marrow transplant, for example, would cost five times as much in a private clinic in the UK. It has been estimated that more than 150,000 medical tourists went to India to be treated in 2002, bringing in earnings of US$300 million. Since then, that number has increased by 25% each year. Medical tourism is expected to make India around US$2 billion by 2012, based on a survey by the lobby group Confederation of Indian Industry. A just-released report by the Planning Commission says that the superior quality of medical service, coupled with the low cost of surgery, has made India one of the most attractive destinations for medical tourism in the world.

http://www.rosl.org.uk/magazine/pdf/4.pdf


(7) Medical Value Travel; An Amalgam for Analysis
(Source: eHealth, A Monthly Magazine on Healthcare ICTs, Technologies & Applications, Vol. 3, Issue 1, January 2008)

The new phenomenon, the new industry we are talking about is Medical Value Travel or Medical Tourism, as it has popularly come to be known now…

We can sum up this discussion with the strong comments from D. Arun Kumar, Chief Executive, Mediescapes. He says, “While India strives to emulate the success of Thailand, Singapore or Turkey, there also exist a number of drawbacks to consider; such as, overall hygiene levels in India’s International patient arrival gateway cities, poor infrastructure at international airports and a bureaucratic approach to issuing medical visas"

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One main issue in India regarding medical tourism is that when patients come to India, their primary reason is low cost and no waiting list. They like to go to high quality facilities with experienced doctors; and we have excellent facilities and great doctors in India. However, most of the patients need to stay in a nearby hotel, resort, service apartment or guest house for a week to a month depending on their procedure, before returning home. But it is increasingly becoming difficult to get good hotels at affordable cost in a good neighborhood. We are looking for accommodations of around $60 per night, but the current cost (in a good hotel) is 3 to 5 times more”

http://ehealth.eletsonline.com/2008/01/11073/

(8) India towards Economic Leadership Confluence - 2007
(Source:
IIM, Ahmedabad November 22nd., 2007)

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According to Mediescapes India, medical tourism in India is growing by 30% per annum.

(9) MEDICAL MALPRACTICE OVERSEAS: THE LEGAL UNCERTAINTY SURROUNDING MEDICAL TOURISM
(Source:
Duke Law Scholarship Repository, USA, August 8th., 2007)
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Mediescapes India similarly warns its clients that it “does not control or operate any Treating Institution” and therefore is not responsible for a Treating Institution’s negligence. After Espalin, disclaimers like those made by MedRetreat and Mediescapes India are probably valid if voluntarily signed and may be sufficient to defeat a medical-tourism plaintiff’s claim that the medical tourism firm should be held vicariously liable based on the apparent agency theory.

http://scholarship.law.duke.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1428&context=lcp

(10) Good Medicine for Tourism

(Source:
Published in TTG Global Publishing, Cyprus, August 1st., 2007)

Rising medical costs throughout the West have prompted a wave of lower cost, yet just as specialized alternatives in Asia and the Middle East...

In 2005, about 175,000 medical tourists came to India in search of what we call first world healthcare at third world prices. Medical procedure cost estimates in India were anything between 30 to 80 per cent cheaper than the West, said Chief Executive, Mediescapes India, Arun Kumar...


(11) ‘Miracle Cure’ for Paralysed Paraplegics.
Stem cell therapy offers hope
(Source: Maharashtra Herald, Pune, 13th. June, 2007)

CHENNAI: The unlikely spectacle of four completely paralysed paraplegics, on the mend but good enough to move on their own with some help were presented to the press dramatically....

D. Kumar said We harvest between 100 and 200 ml of stem cells in fluid form from the afflicted patients themselves and inject them into their spinal cords carefully to bring about this ‘miracle’ which accords totally paralysed patients who had no hopes of moving at all with the ability of taking care of their personal needs. Our methods have been cleared not only in India, but also in all major statutory medical institutions abroad including the U.S. Further, our facility has the highest global rate of success,

(12) TOURISM HITS VISA HURDLE
(Source: The Times of India, New Delhi, March 22nd., 2007)

The city may have started raking in the moolah from medical tourists, but a lot remains to be done to make it a global healthcare destination.

The Government has introduced medical visas to help such tourists, but that’s hardly enough. Tour operators say that acquiring such a visa, which allows up to three entries in a year, remains a difficult process.

“I have about 300 enquiries with me right now, but whenever we call the local consulate, they tell us that they are yet to receive the notification. This is a major hindrance,” says D Arun Kumar of Mediescapes India, a tour operator.

As medical tourists are usually required to visit the city again for a follow-up treatment, a tourist visa can prove cumbersome. “When they need to come a second time, they have to apply for a fresh tourist visa. In case of a medical visa, all they need is a document from the hospital or a medical broker.” Explains a medical tour operator.

More service apartments and better infrastructure at airports are also needed to attract health tourists. “A few years back, we saw how the Rajasthan government got people to rent out their extra apartments to tourists. It can be tried out here, also keeping in mind the Commonwealth Games on 2010,” says Kumar.

Some tour operators even allege that the government is not doing enough to promote the city as a medical hub.

“or government officials, only Ayurveda and yoga classify as medical tourism. Somebody needs to tell them that people are coming here in droves for oncology, cardiology and dental treatment,” says Kumar.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Tourism-hits-visa-hurdle/articleshow/1869148.cms?referral=PM 

(13) Medical Tourism Spawns Agents and Brokers
(Source: Hindustan Times ePaper - Business Supplement, Mumbai, January 8th., 2007)

India has barely four doctors for every 10,000 inhabitants compared with to 27 for the same number of people in the US. It has been ranked lower than even Bangladesh....

Companies are targeting different geographical areas and demographic sections as well. “Assuring them that the hospitals are clean and hygienic and the capabilities of the staff are at par with those in their country is the most difficult task,” says D. Kumar of Mediescapes.

(14) India the next destination for Travel and Health
(Source: NDTV.com, By Rai Monica, New Delhi, 19th Nov, 2006)

Medical tourism is a term coined which covers patients traveling across the globe for tourism purposes clubbing their requirements for treatment of acute illness, elective surgeries....

Some Top Hospitals Include Apollo, Fortis, Max Healthcare, Escorts, AIIMs, Wockhardt, etc. A few good Medical tourism providers are ....... www.mediescapes.com...

(15) MEDI- TOURISTS WANT A DOSE OF FUN TOO
(Source: The Economic Times, Bangalore. By; Savitha V & Urvashi Jha, Bangalore, October 11th., 2006)

After Treatment In Metros, Patients Are Heading To Darjeeling, Agra, Kerala & Goa To Recuperate

A knee replacement surgery in Mumbai, followed by a 10-day treatment in Goa. Or an Ayurvedic treatment in Kerala followed by a week-long stay at the many resorts that dot the backwaters of the state. That is pretty much the itinerary of an average medical tourist. Thanks to the boom in the medical tourism industry, places like Darjeeling, Agra, Goa and Kerala are popular among not just the regular tourists, but also preferred by patients looking to recuperate.

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D Arun Kumar, CEO, of Delhi-based medical tourism firm Mediescapes India, says, “Before the patients come to India, we give them travel options. A majority of them go in for packages and take an average of seven days for post-surgery recuperation. For such trips, Goa is popular, as are the backwaters of Kerala.”

(16) Tourism hits visa hurdle
(Source: The Times of India, Delhi, 8th Aug, 2006)

“I have about 300 enquiries with me right now, but whenever we call up the local consulate, they tell us that they are yet to receive the notification. This is a major hindrance,” says D Arun Kumar of Mediescapes India, a tour operator.

More service apartments and better infrastructure at airports are also needed to attract health tourists. “A few years back, we saw how the Rajasthan government got people to rent out their extra apartments to tourists. It can be tried out here, also keeping in mind the Commonwealth Games in 2010,says Kumar...

(17) Helping an American fight cancer; This Californian is happy she came to Bangalore for treatment
(Source:
The Hindu, Bangalore, May 16th., 2006)

Karen Scott, of Gualala, California, led a good life: she ran a successful business, was a prominent member of the local community and, best of all, she suffered no illnesses. But in September last, things took a different turn. She was diagnosed with breast cancer during a medical examination after a fall on an icy pavement.

Ms. Scott, 59, and her husband, John Scott, did not have health insurance, and they started learning about other places around the world where treatment for breast cancer was available. “We did an extensive search on the Internet and found that a lot of people were coming to India for treatment. The low cost of treatment and good medical facilities were a factor in India’s favour,” Mr. Scott said.

They zeroed in on Manipal Hospital, Bangalore. One of the criteria for choosing the hospital, Ms. Scott said, was that it offered “sentinel lymph node biopsy as per my medical records evaluation advise received via Mediescapes India”.

Dr. Somashekar, consultant surgical oncologists at Manipal Hospital, said that by performing the sentinel lymph node biopsy, he and his team – comprising a nuclear medicine specialist and plastic surgeon – were able to prevent the removal of all lymph nodes in 70 per cent of cases. “A negative biopsy saves the patient a lot of pain. There are no side-effects, such as swelling of the arm or restricted movement of the arm,” he added.
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Ms. Scott, 59, and her husband, John Scott, did not have health insurance, and they started learning about other places around the world where treatment for breast cancer was available. “We did an extensive search on the Internet and found that a lot of people were coming to India for treatment. The low cost of treatment and good medical facilities were a factor in India’s favour and through our search we found Mediescapes India who organized our trip to India,” Mr. Scott said.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/helping-an-american-fight-cancer/article3133690.ece

(18) Medical Tourism: a Threat to U.S. Hospital?
(Source: Strategic Health Care Marketing, Vol. 22 No. 8, August 22nd., 2005)

Companies that help patients find and navigate medical care overseas also have a Web presence. Mediescapes India, based in New Delhi, handles an average of 300 U.S. patients annually, says Chief Executive, D. Arun Kumar. The number for the first quarter of 2005 is up 17 percent over the same period in 2004. The company partners with hospitals in India to offer medical package deals that include internal flights, airport assistance, language interpreter services, hotel or service apartments, physician appointment, operation scheduling, and often a post-operative vacation to recuperate under physician supervision...

Fastest growing in popularity among Americans are non-insurance-covered treatments for various cardiac conditions, cosmetic procedures, and joint replacements, says Kumar. India benefits from its large staff of world-class medical experts and an ultra-competitive cost advantage. “As a comparative example, while a [coronary artery bypass graft] costs $30,000 in the U.S., it costs $8,000 in India, Similarly, Kumar says,a bone marrow transplant costs $26,000 here in India compared to $250,000 in the U.S.” Americans are also drawn in part by the combination of Western treatments with Indian traditional medicine, which includes yoga, Ayurveda, and meditation...

Medical tourism brokers such as Mediescapes India are working with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the Confederation of Indian Industries to develop a common marketing plan aimed at international patients, Kumar states. They are currently conducting road shows and participating in medical tourism expositions overseas...

(19) Medicare plus Holiday Packages
(Source: India Post, Published from New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, California, Vol. 10, No. 551, Medical Tourism Special, February 25th., 2005)

The idea behind spinning this web of medical facilities and managing it through one channel- Mediescapes India, is to help discerning world-wide patients comprehensive medical screening in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere under careful medical supervision. Mediescapes offers unique opportunity to undergo a treatment at a fraction of the cost with no long waiting lists unlike in the UK, combined with the option of recovering in an ideal setting. All tour packages are tailor-made to suit individual needs ensuring personal safety and privacy. The website of Mediescapes offers a variety of recuperative holidays ranging from the Ganges and the Himalayas tour in the north to the exotic lush green locales of Kerala in the South....


(20) Pamper your soul...recuperate your body
(Source:
India Post, Published from New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, California, Feb. 2006)

(21) India Heals better, cheaper
(Source:
India Post, Published from New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, California, Feb. 2005)
 

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India Medical Tourism coverage in world-wide media


(A) India Fosters Growing 'Medical Tourism' Sector

(B) Medical tourism has legs; government help needed

(C)  UK spikes India's medical tourism dream

(D) Medical tourism can be the next goldmine for India: CII

(E) Medical tourism to India

(G) Story of Howard Staab from North Carolina, USA

(G) India attractive destination for medical tourism

(H) India eyeing share in medical tourism pie

(I) Back Ground to a new concept of Indian Medical outsourcing

(J) Story of Aruna Thurairajan of Calgary, A.B, Canada

(K) Door Opened for Parallel System

(L) Luxurious Faraway Hospitals

 

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