Information for Patients
The Indian heath sector is composed of public and private facilities. For the people who are classified below poverty line, public healthcare is free and subsidized. The public healthcare sector includes 44% of total inpatient care and 18% of total outpatient care. 75% of the total healthcare expenditure is through private healthcare. The expenses are mostly paid by patients and their families. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Healthcare_in_India)
Information for Health Care Professionals
In order to be a certified doctor, a medical school graduate needs to pass final MBBS examination with one-year internship in a hospital recognized by the Medical Council of India. Foreign students must pass the Foreign Medical Graduates Examination, conducted by the National Board of Examinations. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medical_license)
The medium of instruction is mostly English, but Hindi and the respective states’ official languages are also used. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medium_of_instruction)
Information for Travelers
Popular fields of medicine in India are Cardiology, Orthopedics, Gastroenterology, Urology, Anesthesiology, Plastic surgery, Emergency medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology. (http://www.studyfreak.com/medical_courses.php)
India suffers from a shortage of specialists like surgeons, general physicians, cardiologists, pulmonologists, neurologists, nephrologist and pediatricians. (https://www.healthissuesindia.com/2018/02/14/specialist-doctor-shortages/, https://www.deccanherald.com/content/649572/india-has-shortage-specialist-doctors.html)
Medical tourism in India is growing due to the availability of latest medical technologies, reduced costs and a growing compliance on international quality standards.
The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for India: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, rabies & polio. (https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/india/)
Common languages spoken in hospitals are English, Hindi and the respective states’ official languages.
Ministry of health website: https://mohfw.gov.in/