The company said the number of queries from foreign patients is expected to double and it could facilitate treatment for 50,000 international patients in India, a market which is being positioned as a global hub for medical and wellness tourism. At present, HealthTrip offers services to 3000 foreign patients in terms of medical services.
“India has always been known for its high quality doctors and medical services but foreign patients found it difficult to come to the country due to visa issues or lack of information around cost and services available. Though the pandemic had put a brake on the growth, campaigns like Heal in India would give the much needed boost to medical tourism in the country and we expect to more than double the number of patients every quarter,” HealthTrip’s cofounder Danish Ahmed, said.
The startup has already partnered with 150 hospitals and clinics in India, Turkey, UAE and South East Asia and is targeting 500 by the year end.
Cofounded by Danish Ahmed, former Vice President at
, HealthTrip has so far raised around $3.5 million in venture capital from marquee funds and is now in advanced talks to raise a larger Series A funding
HealthTrip enables customers to find medical, dental, wellness and cosmetic treatments across the world, book appointments, flights, hotels, sightseeing, and get interpreters, loans and insurance. With medical treatments seeing 20% inflation across the western world, and flight prices dropping 60%, HealthTrip will benefit from a fast-growing global trend where people travel abroad and get significant savings on medical costs, it said in a statement.
The health tourism sector is a $78 billion industry globally growing at 25% CAGR. However, India is expected to grow at a faster rate on the back of the Heal in India initiative, added Ahmed.