Gujarat has potential to become the gateway for medical tourism in India with the kind of capacity building being lined up for the state's health care sector, state minister for health and tourism said in Ahmedabad on Thursday.
Last year 4.50 lakh tourists visited the state for obtaining medical care. With the kind of capacity building lined up for health care sector here in coming days we expect Gujarat to surpass Singapore in medical tourism," State Minister of Health and Tourism Jaynarayan Vyas said at a FICCI organised seminar in Ahmedabad.
"The total health care market in India is projected to be at Rs 3,200 billion by 2012, and on conservative estimate even if Gujarat gets ten per cent share in it, it will throw open huge opportunities," he said.
"The state can await for this kind of market opportunity in health care between 2012-2015," Vyas said.
The way medical and paramedical colleges are proposed to come up in the state no doubt Gujarat will emerge as a leading health care tourism destination in coming days.
"Efforts are underway to upgrade facilities and get National Accreditation Board for Hospitals (NABH) certification for the state run hospitals," Vyas said.
"By 2012 the health care industry in India is expected to reach 75 billion USD," FICCI State Council Chairman Pankaj Patel who is also chairman of Zydus Cadila group said.