Most people coming to Delhi/NCR for medical treatment are men, middle-aged and predominantly from the Middle East and Africa, according to a survey conducted by two faculty members and students of DU’s Dyal Singh (Evening) College.
Poonam Gupta and Bhawna Pandey, who led a team of students in conducting the survey, collected the data through a questionnaire from 100 patients from 22 nations visiting 16 big hospitals in Delhi — including chains of Max Hospital, Apollo, Fortis and Medanta.
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The survey found most of the patients were being treated at Max Hospital, followed by Apollo and Fortis hospitals. Of the 100 patients, 40 per cent belonged to the age group of 31-40 years and 29 per cent fell in the age group of 41-50 years. Fifteen per cent respondents belonged to the age group of 21-30 years. The sample survey also showed that 76 per cent of the patients were men and 24 per cent women.
In terms of countries, the study concludes that “most medical patients come from the Middle East, Africa and South Asia where high quality procedures may not be available”.
As to why they came to India for treatment, 91 per cent respondents said it was because of the low cost of medical procedures, 87 per cent said the cost of travel and accommodation was a factor, and 64 per cent said the quality of medical procedures was a factor. The survey also said the two major issues faced by foreign patients are “arrangement of interpreters” and “problems in obtaining visa”.