Ministry of Tourism releases ‘Compendium on guidelines for AYUSH facilities’

Category: Industry Update

Trying to keep a check in the quality of service at the Wellness centres, the Indian government has issued a set of guidelines standardizing the quality of the service at the wellness centres.
The guidelines passed by the government are set in coordination the global standards to ensure the industry keeps working towards the uniform level of the service quality. The Ministry of Tourism has released the ‘Compendium on guidelines for AYUSH Facilities.’ Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Chairman, Ministry of Tourism, had been stressing on listing down the facilities offered in the field of Medical and Wellness Tourism. It has been in a constant struggle to promote all the wellness institutions and see that they provide superior quality services. The National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) has issued accreditation standards and guidelines for AYUSH facilities after a meeting with the Ministry of Tourism. This includes the facilities in the country for both domestic and international health tourists and covers the following:

  • Ayurveda Hospitals
  • Yoga and Naturopathy Hospitals
  • Unani Hospitals
  • Sidha Hospitals
  • Homeopathy Hospitals
  • Panchkarma clinics
  • Wellness Centres

The market development assistant grants that the Ministry of Tourism is giving to the NABH accredited wellness centres will help promote the medical and wellness tourism outside India. The ministry would be uploading the names of all the accredited centres on their website. They would also be uploading the list on the Incredible India Campaign to get a global reach. The accreditation details will help the potential visitors get complete knowledge about the institutions and would be assured of the quality standards that they will be following.
Strict guidelines have been laid down for the institutes to follow while seeking accreditation. The process involves review of the documentation and two on site visits by the trained members from NABH. The entire process would be kept transparent with constant communication between the applicant and the NABH. But if there is any delay in the disclosure of the information to the NABH, then they have the full power to cancel the application.
The Ministry of tourism has already updated its website and all the organization accredited by NAAC, NABH, ISO-9004, Indian Yoga Association, Centre of Excellence, approved integrated hospitals or any organization approved by the Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala have been listed there.
India is one of the leading countries when it comes to medical tourism. Many people who want to rejuvenate their Body, Mind and Soul have preferred to come to India. Homeopathy is another major area that attracts a lot of patients to India. Due to the advancement in the technology, easier connectivity and affordability, India is on the top list of the people who want to go abroad in search of better quality and affordable wellness treatments.

In a recent press conference, Dr. Ajay Rajan Gupta, Group CEO and MD of IUIH [Indo UK Institute of Health] revealed that an ultra-modern campus in the heart of Nagpur is in its early stages and will change the medical tourism structure of the country. The campus will be spread over a land of more than 152 acres and will include a 1000-bed hospital, separate clinical, stencil and genetic research centers, hostel, water bodies, commercial areas, nursing college, medical college, diagnostic equipment manufacturing center, housing for staff members, a five star hotel, and various recreational areas/centers.
With an investment predicted to be in excess of Rs 1,600 Crore, the IUIH Medicity project will surely stamp Nagpur on the map alongside global medical tourism leaders and will give a much-needed boost to medical tourism in India.
With the second and third phase of the ambitious medicity project expected to be completed within the next 7 years, the first phase, that includes a 250-bed hospital construction, will be completed by the end of 2019. Two new medicities will also be launched this month, in Andhra Pradesh on 16th of August and in Hyderabad on 18th.
Due to the mammoth structure and close-knit working facilities of the medicity, better and affordable healthcare services will be available.

The planned commencement of the construction is pending subject to the sanctions of the authorities involved. Vinay Sehgal, a spokesperson of IUIH Medicity Nagpur, said that the construction of the project will begin as soon as December this year, the contact of which is given to L&T.
The project is approved and supported by Government of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and also by ‘Invest India’ which is promoted by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion and Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
Although the project is completely commercial, some of the most reputed and well-established names in healthcare from around the world are being consulted, Jane Grady, Deputy Director, Trade, Economics and Prosperity, British High Commission revealed. She also said that by consulting the leaders of healthcare, they want to successfully bring their expertise to a city like Nagpur and provide better healthcare services to the patients.

Every year millions of people from the United States fly over to exotic locations in India for both medical treatments and vacations. India is famous all over the world for its top notch hospitals and world class treatments. There are many countries that specialize in medical tourism but they excel in one or two medical fields. India on the other hand has specialization in nearly every medical field like joint replacement, neurology, plastic surgery, pediatrics, plastic surgery, organ transplant, Ayurveda etc.
Another reason why India is emerging as a tourism hub of the world is that the country offers the finest of medical technologies at a lower cost. India has well certified, trained and experienced medical professionals who offer the best services at par with the international standards. But when it comes to pricing, it is one tenth of the medical cost in the West.
Experts believe that the cheaper costs are giving India competitive advantage over any other developed country in the field of medical tourism. Today, Kerala is the only state in India that practices Ayurveda with all their heart and soul. The climate and the exotic locations make Kerala a perfect recreational spot for the tourists and is the best suited place for the restorative Ayurveda programs.
According to the recent study, Indian medical tourism market is expected to double by the year 2020. Growth in the Medical tourism can prove really beneficial for the economy. It will not only increase the employment opportunities but also prove beneficial to the pharma and the medical equipment industry.
With so much development in the technology and the ease in the communication sector, the legal formalities for the patients has become really easy. The online healthcare industry is quite active and makes it easier for the patients to travel abroad for treatments. For further ease in the procedure, a checklist has been made available on the embassies website that clears all the visa requirements and the legalities to avoid any kind of delay or clearance problem on arrival.
India is already a hotspot for leisure tourism. The country features amazing attractions like high mountains, historic monuments, scenic beauties, pilgrim centers and much more. The warm hospitality to the tourists proves as a plus point for them and is another reason why medical patients seek to come to India for recreational and wellness purposes.