Medical tourism refers to the travel of people to another country for the purpose of obtaining medical treatment in that country. Traditionally, people would travel from less-developed countries to major medical centers in highly developed countries for medical treatment that was unavailable in their own communities.
Kerala has become the global health leader and is renowned as the most popular destination for the medical tourists. Medical Tourism is Kerala growing at the rate of 30 percent each year. Kerala offer high quality, world class health treatment at only 20 percent of the cost of treatment in USA, UK and other European countries. The quality of medical treatment here is of world class with many of the doctors holding western qualifications. The trend of medical tourism is fast getting popular in Kerala with the number of medical tourists increasing by about 20 to 30 percent each year.