India: Foreigners pick India for bargain sex-change operations

54yr old British national Sue Pascoe won't forget her trip to India in March. It was at Olmec Plastic Surgery Centre in Delhi's Pitampura that she was given the body she always craved of, a woman. Though she was officially diagnosed with gender dysphoria in 2014, the earliest she could have undergone sex reassignment surgery under UK's National Health Service would be in 2018. Private treatment would have set her back by £40,000, so she started scouring the internet for alternatives. 

"I wanted affordable quality care from a highly experienced surgeon with high patient satisfaction from reference-able clients. What also attracted me to India was the fact that it is home to such a huge population of trans people," says Pascoe who gleaned information online. Like Pascoe, more transgenders are choosing India as a destination for surgery.

The procedure costs between Rs 7.5 lakh and 11 lakh in Thailand whereas in India you can get a new sexual identity starting Rs 3.5 lakh without compromising on the quality of treatment. Transgender tourists are now adding to India's booming medical tourism market, expected to attract 320 million tourists this year. Read More