Medical tourism is when individuals travel to another country for medical treatment. Health tourism is a broader term that also covers wellness, and includes spa treatments and yoga retreats. The global medical tourism market was worth between $50 billion to $65 billion in 2016, according to researchers Frost & Sullivan, and is growing at approximately 20 percent per annum, which implies upwards of a $60 billion market in 2017.
75 percent of India’s medical tourists are from Muslim countries, according to Halal India, one of the country’s main halal certifiers, on its website. Halal medical services consist of medicine to be used without alcohol & pig ingredients, serving of Halal food in the hospital during treatment and fixing a place with the timetable of Salat (Daily prayer) and many other services. Under this kind of tourism packages, Muslim prefer to avail their friendly services from the treatment to logistics. It is therefore no surprise that there is a high number of halal-certified hospitals in the country that accommodate the needs of Muslim patients. Global Health City Chennai is the first hospital in India to receive a halal certification. They provide halal food for their patients, have a dedicated prayer hall and indicate the qibla direction in the hospital rooms, as well as broadcast the call to prayers. They are also respectful of the privacy of female patients. The hospital provides Arabic television channels and Arabic-speaking staff for the convenience of their Arab patients. The success of any destination in medical tourism is not only dependent on the perception of the quality of medical care in the country, but also builds on the general perception of the destination from a tourism perspective