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Rise of Luxury Hospitals: Making India a Premier Medical Tourism Destination

Ravideep Singh
Creative Designer Architects
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In recent years, there has been a notable surge in the popularity of luxury hospitals in India. The rise of luxury hospitals signifies a paradigm shift in the global medical tourism landscape, as patients increasingly seek not only top-notch medical care but also an elevated and comfortable experience. The convergence of world-class healthcare, internationally accredited professionals, holistic patient-centric care, and cultural attractions positions India as a premier destination for medical tourists seeking a blend of exceptional medical services and an unparalleled experience.

The surge in popularity of luxury hospitals reflects an evolution in patient expectations. No longer satisfied with merely top-notch medical care, patients are increasingly drawn to an elevated and comfortable healthcare experience. Luxury hospitals in India are embracing cutting-edge technologies and state-of-the-art facilities, attracting patients from around the globe.

Holistic Patient-Centric Care

The field of healthcare architecture thrives on collaboration and multidisciplinary teamwork as healthcare planners, administrators, and other stakeholders come together to create cohesive designs that align with the unique goals and requirements of the community. One of the critical shifts in healthcare architecture is the focus on patient-centred design. This approach recognises the importance of involving patients and their families in the design process to create spaces that meet their unique needs.The patient-centered design emphasises accessibility, comfort, and empowerment, fostering a sense of dignity and control for patients during their healthcare journey. This includes factors such as natural lighting, soothing colour palettes, access to nature, comfortable waiting areas, and patient rooms that encourage privacy and personalisation. Integrating technology, such as interactive information systems and telehealth capabilities, further enhances patient engagement and convenience.Colour is a significant catalyst in steering the patients' experience and recovery rates, while enhancing the caregiver's efficiency and visitor’s experience.In such environments  hospitals prioritize a holistic approach to patient care, ensuring not only medical treatment but also a comprehensive focus on patient well-being.

In focusing on a holistic approach to patient care ,Luxury hospitals surpass the boundaries of conventional healthcare settings. From personalized treatment plans to luxurious accommodations, patients experience a level of comfort and care that goes beyond conventional healthcare systems, setting these institutions  a step ahead in the medical tourism landscape

Catering to the evolving market

In the metro cities of India, large private healthcare facilities lead the landscape with a surplus of doctors. Medical tourism and luxury healthcare have gained special attention from hospital administrators after some states began to place a cap on charges levied on medical procedures. Hence as a strategic evolution of the narrative, the rise of luxury and wellness is not merely a response to the needs of the affluent, but also defines diverse offerings within the sector to increase viability. Armed with decades of goodwill, state of art facilities and meticulous care, private hospitals are undergoing a transformative journey in the face of a traditionally cost-conscious market.

Experience is the Key

In the post-covid era, people seek and spend on experiences, wishing to feel transformed, as a shift from spending solely on material possessions. The recent successes of traditional healing centres in scenic landscapes emphasis on the importance of nature and environment as an important aspect of the healing process.

Drawing from the principles of ‘Evidence Based Design’

The physical environment plays a crucial role in shaping the patient experience.In a scientific measure of the data from physical and psychological effects of the built environment on its users- principles of Evidence based Design point to the use of Abundant Natural light, Biophilia, Scenic Views, Privacy and Modularity, thus providing a scientific impetus to improving the spatial quality of hospitals.Large windows are a simple and effective way to bring natural light into hospital rooms. Incorporating floor-to-ceiling windows with unobstructed views can significantly improve patient well-being and recovery. Courtyards and atriums can bring in ample amounts of natural light, especially into the common areas in a hospital.Rooftop gardens and landscaped terraces can provide patients with access to natural light while also offering a peaceful and calming environment

In the Urban context, ‘Evidence-Based Design’, has resulted in robust outcomes that are responsive and responsible towards the wellbeing of patients and caregivers.Luxury hospitals in India boast opulent accommodations, providing a serene and comfortable atmosphere for patients and their families. From spacious private rooms to tastefully designed common areas, every aspect is curated to enhance comfort and contribute to a sense of well-being. From Yacht trips to the sea for healing, High-end Artwork in the atriums, retail Café’s and shopping outlets to scientifically responsive design-based shifts, the healthcare industry in India is balancing opulence with frugality to reshape the narrative of modern healthcare facilities.

Transforming into a Global Market

The luxury hospitals of today treat patients as individuals with unique needs and preferences, fostering a sense of trust and connection. From the moment a patient enters the hospital, they are greeted with warmth and a commitment to understanding their concerns, creating a foundation for a positive experience.

By diversifying the needs of the local market and by positioning themselves as global players in the thriving health and wellness tourism industry, India continues to merge traditional healing practices with modern medical technologies. The allure of luxury healthcare experiences is set to redefine the essence of medical tourism by blurring the lines between hospitality and healthcare at its best.

In conclusion, the rise of luxury hospitals in India is not merely about providing exceptional medical care but about creating an immersive and positive experience for patients. By prioritizing personalized care, luxurious accommodations, holistic wellness services, and cultural enrichment, these hospitals are redefining the standards of medical tourism. As the healthcare landscape continues to evolve, the emphasis on elevating patient experience is set to play a pivotal role in positioning India as a global leader in medical tourism.

RavideepSingh is the associate director at Creative Designer Architects (CDA), aninterdisciplinary architectural practice that is an established design leaderin healthcare, institutional and commercial projects.

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