India is a relatively new player in the field of medical tourism, but already it has become one of the most popular destinations for western medical tourists looking to save money on traditionally expensive medical procedures. Experts estimate that health tourism in India will have an annual growth rate of 30% in the next few years. India's medical tourism industry is projected to bring in a $2 billion annual revenue by the year 2012.

One of the things fueling this rapid growth of medical tourism in India is the simple yet complex fact that medical tourism in general has been experiencing a worldwide growth as a result of high-end medical technology and training having become more easily available in the world's developing nations. Because if this new availability, developing countries like India are able to set up medical care facilities that match and even surpass, on occasion, the medical care facilities that can be found in the West. More strictly adhered-to international medical quality standards have also given western patients the confidence they needed to embark on a medical tourism trip. Whereas before, medical tourism was seen a potentially disastrous, risky fringe activity, now it is more of an accepted medical alternative.

India, specifically, though, has made a concentrated effort to promote its health tourism industry. The Indian government, for example, has endeavored to fix national infrastructure issues in order to facilitate the growing success of medical tourism in India. The fact that English is widely spoken in India is also another thing that attracts U.S. and other English-speaking medical tourists in general.

Dental tourism is one of the most popular sectors of health tourism India. Looking at the economics of the dental tourism subsector can give you a glimpse of just how much western patients save by having medical procedures done abroad. A dental filling, for example, that would normally cost $300 to $400 in the U.S. or Europe costs only $20 to $40 in India. A root canal that costs $3000 in the U.S. goes for only $100 to $200 in India. These are savings of over 1000%.

Another thing that India benefits from is the fact that it is also a very popular cultural tourist destination. There are a ton of landmarks and attractions to see, and in fact, a lot of dental clinics that cater to western medial tourist offer travel packages that include tours and hotel as well as the dental procedure itself.