Lack of medical tourism data in Zimbabwe and Zambia


There is need to set up a central authority that regulates medical travel from Zimbabwe to India for easier patient follow-up and redress, amid revelations that the number of patients seeking treatment in India continues to rise.

The Zambian government does not know the exact number of Zambians seeking treatment in India.

Their government only gets to know of patients when they return home seeking follow-up care from local practitioners, sometimes with complications or when they encountered challenges in India requiring redress.

Zimbabwe has tried to establish how many people seek treatment in India and for what conditions, but this information is not easy to get because people come through different arrangements. Some patients are referred by health insurers, some by medical tourism agents, while others link directly with the service providers in India.



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