Prime Minister of India inaugurated India’s Healthcare Portal at the ‘SAAARC Trade Mart’ in the Global Exhibition on Services, in ITPO, Pragati Maidan, in the presence of Ms Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Commerce & Industry (Independent Charge) and Mr J.P. Nadda, Minister for Health and Family Welfare. The Healthcare Portal was launched on the occasion of inauguration of the three-day Global Exhibition on Services that commenced in New Delhi on 23rd April, 2015. The event was also attended by Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for Communications and Information Technology and Ms Smriti Irani, Minister of Human Resource Development.The inauguration was followed by a short film on medical tourism in India.
The Healthcare Portal was developed by the Department of Commerce, Govt of India and the Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC). The portal is the long awaited fulfilment of the need to have an authentic and dynamic information source which can effectively be used by any treatment seeker/potential medical tourist from across the globe.
The portal is a comprehensive one-point information site and covers hospital-related and travel-related information on India. Presently, it covers 124 accredited medical facilities which include 93 medical centres, 30 Ayurveda and Wellness centres and 1 special category centre. 74 facilities are located in Tier I cites and the rest are in Tier II cities.
The medical facilities on the Healthcare Portal are locatable by easy to search options by location, medical specialty, key procedures, language options available in hospitals and their certifications. The key medical and wellness procedures done by these institutions are highlighted. Associated details such as costs relating to treatment in hospitals in India, travel and visa formalities, last-mile connectivity, tariff options on stay, benefits of treatment in India, advance information on preparatory aspects in seeking medical care etc. are also available on the portal.
There is a short film on India as a premier medical tourism destination on the portal itself.