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 Chennai, a low-cost medical tourism destination 


The South Indian city of Chennai has become the hub of medical tourism in India.



Patients from all over the country (the North Eastern states) and abroad come to the city for medical treatment. Patients from Africa (Nigeria, Kenya, and Congo), Bangladesh, and the Middle East frequent the city for quality medical care. The recuperating patients and their companions then go on sightseeing tours, organized by the hospitals. These medical tourists thus give a big fillip to Tamilnadu Tourism.  

Most of these reputed hospitals maintain a separate wing for international patients. Ramachandra Hospital at Porur in Chennai receives about 100 international patients each day. Similarly, Fortis Malar receives about 20 overseas patients each day. Cardiac, orthopedics, neurosurgery, and oncology are the main branches in which medical treatment is being sought by these foreign patients. Some hospitals even provide cheaper service apartments for the relatives accompanying the sick person.
Hospitals like Madras Medical Missions have tie-ups with foreign governments. The last named hospital receives about 20 medical tourists from East African countries, mainly for cardiac surgeries and kidney ailments including kidney transplants.  
Sankara Netralyaya receives about 500 overseas patients a month for eye-related problems. The hospital also takes care of other patients coming from all over India. Aravind Hospitals at Madurai receives nearly 1000 patients every day, a sizable number of those from the North East and other parts of the world.  
St. Isabels, a mission hospital at Mylapore, is another excellent low-cost hospital. The doctors and nursing staff at this hospital are extremely caring, and the quality of the treatment is excellent. Many eminent doctors are consultants at this hospital. The orthopedic wing is headed by Dr. George Thomas, a brilliant young surgeon. For those patients wishing for quality healthcare at a low cost, this hospital is an excellent choice.

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