Thursday, November 28, 2019

Dental Tourism in India - All you need to know

Tourism has evolved to take many forms in the past several decades. From sightseeing to health, tourism attracts people from all around the world for multiple reasons. With India’s culture and heritage, it has been one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Now, with the advancement in technology and science, India is one of the preferred destinations for medical tourism, particularly dental tourism.

People travel around the world looking for affordable dental treatment. The high cost of Dental Procedures and treatment in the western countries, especially the US, UK , Australia and New Zealand is the primary reason why they look to travel to other countries. They spend an outstanding $300 million every year for medical expenses. Medical tourism has become the most affordable option to the people from the West.

In this scenario, India has been in demand  for dental tourism. It attracts foreign nationals because of the quality treatment provided by world-class doctors at affordable prices. For example, a simple root canal costs up to 700 to 1,500 USD  in the US while it costs only about 200 to 500 USD in India. Moreover, the doctors are the best of the best, India is known for hospitality, treatment is affordable and, better yet, they get to experience the roots of India while getting their teeth in the best shape. Reasons to choose India for dental tourism are many.

Advantages of Indian Dental Tourism

        Developed countries such as the USA, Canada, UK, and Australia charge exorbitantly for dental insurance and treatment.
        While comparing the converted charges of dollar or pound to Indian Rupee, the treatment is cost effective in India.
        For the cost of treatment in  home countries , medical travellers can easily get treated in India as well as have a nice holiday too and still have leftover money to spend elsewhere.
        The healthcare sector in India provides quality healthcare by adhering to the set international standards.
        The doctors, nurses and other staff are fluent in English .
        The patient history and records are digitised and easy to handle.
        Tourism companies co-ordinate the entire trip to provide quality healthcare along with an unforgettable vacation.

The Dental Procedures in India and Their Cost

Cost in India ($)
Cost in US ($)
Cost in UK (£)
Hospitalisation (in days)
Root Canal
$40/ tooth
OPD/3-4 sittings
Ceramic Crown (Metal Fused
Dental Extraction
Dental Implants
OPD 2 stages over 3 months
Teeth Whitening
OPD 3-4 sitting

Other dental treatments include:

        Dental Implants
        Dental Crowns
        Dental Fillings
        Dental Bonding
        Dental Bridges
        Dental Caps
        Root Canals
        Teeth Whitening
        Tooth Contouring and Reshaping
        Gum Grafting
        Maxillary surgery
        Over denture
        Smile Makeover

Why Go the Extra Mile!

India has been a magnet drawing tourists with her beautiful landscapes, architecture, culture, heritage, and diversity. The incredible Taj Mahal that stands as a witness to the love of Mumtaz and Shah Jahan in Agra, the magnificent Himalayan mountain range line the north, the beautiful Kashmir awaits tourists in winter, the beaches of Goa, the back waters of Kerala, the pink city of Jaipur, and so many more breath-taking experiences awaits tourists in India. India is filled with diversity that is unique to each region, state, and district. From the language, architecture, cuisines, to tradition, lifestyle, medicine, everything has a distinct flavour and colour of its own.

People fly the extra mile and choose India for her beauty, the reputation of her doctors, affordability of treatment, ease of travel, and communication. But most importantly, they choose dental tourism to make unforgettable memories while preserving the strength of their teeth. 

If you would like to learn more about your treatment option here, visit our website or drop us a mail at

Monday, September 30, 2019

A Medical Tour Checklist for Novice Travellers

Planning a medical tour in the near future? Consider the following pointers to look into before leaving home. Following these steps can save you a bucket load of money and also understand the intricacies of medical tourism.

The first step would be to carry out a well-spanned research on the country your planning to carry out your treatment; learn about their health care industry, the quality of the professionals available, compare costs and inquire about various medical tourists agencies in terms of reputation, client servicing, their industry networks etc.

Once you’ve singled out an agency of your choice, have a detailed run through of the estimated costs of the whole package. At this point we need not mentioned that the final figure should be below the estimated cost of doing it in your own country.

If your happy with the pricing you can move on to discuss regarding the other aspects of the travel itenary such as visa processing, accommodation, booking appointments, travel options etc.

 In most countries, getting a tourist visa is relatively easy but most tourists aren't aware of the eligibility, benefits and procedure of obtaining one. Accommodation options for travellers could vary from luxury hotels and resorts to apartments and homestays depending on the budget and agency your with.

Next, You can also look up the hospitals and shortlist your preferred doctors of choice at  this stage. A good practice would be to get in touch with your medical tourism agency and talk to them about the hospitals and experts you would be considering for your treatment as hiccups in  medical are rare if they do take place, they happen mostly at this stage. So book your appointments well in advance and plan your journey in coherence with your scheduled appointments.

Another factor to look into is you commute. In some places local transport can be messy and you don't want to get lost in a foreign country, especially if the first language of the country isn't english. So plan your travel in advance or discuss with your agency if travel is also included in their package and if so what are the options available. Lastly, most travelers seeking treatments abroad for minor treatments never fail to explore the touristy side of the country, after all you are on a fully paid travel package. So don't forget to include in your itenary, the budget for a detour and explore the local culture and cuisine during your sojourn and plan your trip accordingly. You can check with your agency for affordable tour packages or plan your own trip!

These tips will guarantee you have a cost effective and pleasant experience while abroad.
We at Healingtrails help our clients have the most comfortable journey and focus on providing the best experience possible. From visa assistance, accommodation and travel to connecting and scheduling appointments with the best in the industry hospitals and professionals we let our hands on expertise guide you through your journey. Apart from treatment options, we also provide various family and group tour packages to explore the local attractions and also provide value added services like alternative or ayurvedic wellness packages to our clients looking to tap into the ancient healing and rejuvenation techniques of Ayurveda. For more details on our services and packages click here

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Why Travel Abroad for Medical Treatments?

Stepping outside your comfort zone can be nerve racking, especially when it includes a minor or major medical procedure in a foreign country.Yet, millions of patients every year pack their bags  for various treatments across the globe. The motivation being the ability to save 
money on exorbitant medications and surgeries. Many tourists have saved thousands of dollars by getting dental work, undergoing surgeries, picking up prescription medication, and even giving birth in other countries.

According to healthcare providers, there are a myriad of factors that are responsible for driving up the cost  of healthcare in their home countries. Most people who travel for medical procedures claim that, despite the low cost of health services in other countries, the quality is comparable — or even superior — to that of their home country, with almost almost 85% of 
patients find they received more personalized medical care than in their own country.

Given the high cost of healthcare in Europe and America, medical tourists cite savings as the most common reason to travel abroad for health treatment. For people without health insurance, the difference in cost can be staggering. While uninsured Americans can expect to pay $30,000 for a knee replacement in the US, they could get the same surgery for $12,000 in India.

And even for those who are insured, most health insurance policies do not cover everything. Most medical insurance plans do not cover dental work, cosmetic surgeries, and many prescription medications. Even giving birth in a hospital can be prohibitively expensive. As a result, many would need to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars out of pocket to receive these medical services.

In regards to the quality of healthcare, most of the patients who have traveled abroad for medical reasons, said the quality of healthcare in other countries was excellent — though some reported having a less favorable experience. They are often pleasantly surprised by the modern facilities and the extensive training of the doctors at the hospital. Despite costing a fraction of what it would have back in their home countries, patients receive exceptional customer service, efficiency, and lower costs beyond anything they had experienced back home. Almost 70% of patients rated their medical care as excellent. Almost 86% of the patients said they would travel again overseas for medical care and nearly 27% of patients had previously travelled to a foreign country to receive medical care, most were female, all were between ages 45 and 64.

Also, the government has removed visa restrictions on tourist visas that required a two-month gap between consecutive visits for people from Gulf countries. A visa-on-arrival scheme for tourists from select countries has been instituted which allows foreign nationals to stay in India for 30 days for medical reasons, making medical travel even more convenient for patients.

And lastly, despite India's diversity of languages, English is an official language and is widely spoken by most people and almost universally by medical professionals. In some states, a number of hospitals have hired language translators to make patients from other countries feel more comfortable while at the same time helping in the facilitation of their treatment.

All these factors have catapulted the growth of medical tourism in India and if you would like to learn more about your treatment option here, visit our website or drop us a mail at

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Kerala - Asia’s Emerging Medical Tourism Destination

Envision sparky white sheets of sands, gazing at palm trees in Gods own country. After a long flight, the urge to hit the beach and relax is strong but there’s a bit of business to attend to first: The first stop on the tourist itinerary in this tropical locale is a hospital, to go under the knife for a replacement knee, a minor surgery which costs a fraction of which it would have cost in your home country, even including airfare and wellness-resort stays. You would be just one of the thousands of surgery-seeking vacationers who have packed their bags for Kerala in recent years.

Medical tourism is a huge magnet, attracting thousands of tourists to this southern state of India, dotted with breathtaking beaches, serene backwaters and incredible hill stations to charm its visitors. With Kerala already being on the map as a favourite tourist destination, more and more people are turning towards Kerala’s growing popularity as the preferred option for covering rising in medical costs. There are numerous fine resorts spread out all over the state to provide for the needs of the discerning tourists. With fine tropical weather, warm and friendly people, a great culture and abundant gems of nature, there is something here to charm every back-packer.

Thanks to cheap international travel, a strong pharmaceutical industry, and quality health care which is increasingly making Kerala a preferred medical tourism destination. For example, a heart bypass surgery costs roughly $140,000 without any insurance in the US. The same procedure, however, costs only around $7,000 at one of Kerala’s leading surgery centres.  Procedures such as hip and knee replacement, facelift, and gastric bypass are far more affordable in India, including the travel costs and accommodation, compared to the US. Moreover, these cosmetic procedures are not covered by most insurance providers in Western countries.

Kerala has many top-notch centres for open-heart surgery and paediatric heart surgeries like KIMS hospital and NIMS which are equipped with the latest equipment that is on par with its Western counterparts. Another reason why Kerala is a popular medical tourism destination is the fact that it is also home to a number of Ayurvedic and alternative medicine like Sidha, Unani, Yoga, Acupuncture and Homeopathy which are very popular among foreigners. Such treatment opportunities give Kerala the edge over its competitors like Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, and the UAE.

So what it like to come to kerala for a treatment? For visitors, it’s like booking an all-inclusive holiday package, with the added bonus of a face-lift or new dentures. And we at Healing Trails ensure your time in Kerala smooth sailing.

We understand it can be hard to keep anxiety at bay, though, when you’re undergoing a procedure thousands of miles away from home, which is why our services cover hospital appointment management and in-hospital support, visa assistance, ticket booking, hotel and accommodation booking, holiday and wellness packages & local transportation arrangement.

From the moment you plan your medical travel till the moment that you board the return flight Healing Trails will be with you throughout the journey to give you an experience that you will cherish and make you feel relaxed and calm. For more information visit

Dental Tourism in India - All you need to know

Tourism has evolved to take many forms in the past several decades. From sightseeing to health, tourism attracts people from all arou...