The government is set to launch a series of initiatives to facilitate medical and wellness tourism in the country. Chairing the first meeting of the newly constituted National Medical & Wellness Tourism Promotion Board on Wednesday, MoS Tourism Mahesh Sharma said that a single-window facility will be set up to connect various medicare and wellness systems available in the country for such tourists.
Other measures likely to be announced include setting up e-visa counters at airports for the tourists, issuing them pre-paid activated SIM cards upon arrival and setting up of a web portal featuring the best healthcare facilities India offers.
Several prominent doctors and Ayurveda practitioners, including Dr Naresh Trehan, Dr Devi Shetty and Baba Ramdev’s aide Balakrishan were present at the meeting.
Sharma said that this is the first such joint effort of the government and the private sector for synergising medical tourism. Noting that the government will act as a facilitator and the private sector will lead the project, Sharma said a seed capital of Rs 2 crore has been sanctioned by the government for the board.
The project will integrate Allopathy, Ayurveda, Yoga and other medicare systems, and tour and travel operators will be roped in to facilitate the tourism.