Rockland Hospitals, a multi-speciality hospital offering health care services with its main branch in New Delhi is planning expansion in Tier-II and Tier-III cities in Northern India like Lucknow, Jaipur, Agra, etc., next year. “Rockland Hospitals has plans for offering geriatric facilities (for the elderly) amongst others near Tier-II and III cities through Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) projects, since the government’s focus for the new year will be more on the domestic market,” informed Ashish Dua, Vice-President (Finance), Rockland Hospitals. Talking about the current status of inbound Medical Tourism figures, Dua explained that post the economic crisis, a growing demand from Western countries like US and European countries is expected for cheaper medical treatments in India. To tap such opportunities new hospitals/health care centres should make use of the five year tax holiday given by the Indian government for encouraging infrastructure development in and around non-metro cities. “More organised Medical Tourism is yet to happen in India. It will happen the day the insurance companies in Western countries like US and UK allow and refer medical treatment for their citizens in India,” added Dua. Rockland Hospitals has been witnessing a 15 per cent year on year growth and is targeting for more for the upcoming year.