"We will be addressing the problems faced by the people (coming to India for medical and wellness purposes). We are going to propose hassle-free visa facility to the medical tourists. We have plans to engage with the tour and travel operators and ensure that a transparent system of medical facilities is provided," he said.
The Minister, who earlier today presided over the first meeting of the National Medical and Wellness Tourism Promotion Board here, noted that private players also need to be roped in for realising the full potential of the health care industry.
"We will be taking this (medical and wellness tourism) in a mission mode. That is why we have formed a board with a seed capital of Rs 2 crore.  Health care industry is growing at a rate of 25 per cent in the last three years and if you use this potential in an organised manner, we will achieve a lot," he said.
The Union Culture and Tourism Minister noted that the country has "world-class professional doctors, infrastructure hospitals" which can offer medical facilities at "very affordable rate" compared to other countries.
The Government had last year set the National Medical and Wellness Tourism Promotion Board with personalities like yoga guru Ramdev, renowned cardiologists Dr Naresh Trehan, Dr Devi Prasad Shetty and Dr K K Aggarwal, among others as its members.


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