Medical Tourism in Thailand
The most common thing you heard about medical tourism in Thailand is plastic surgery. Well, that is so 1990s. It didn’t surprise me if Thailand is going all out in medical tourism. Malaysia is promoting medical tourism in this few recent years. India is also promoting medical tourism. Not forgetting Singapore is also offering medical tourism.
So what is Thailand offering for its medical tourism?
On top of their famous cosmetic surgeries, Thailand is also offering organ transplants, cardiac and orthopaedic treatments to dental and cardiac surgeries. Personally I experienced the dental services in Phuket and it was outstanding. Other treatments include spa, physical and mental therapies. My visit to Phuket’s exclusive spas has raised the bar for other spas companies in the region.
Advantages of Thailand medical tourism
It is undeniable treatments and operations in Thailand are far cheaper than in United States, Australia and Europe. In some cases, medical operations in Thailand will cost probably less than 20% than in United States.
Bangkok Hospital Phuket Thailand
There is also an increase of hospitals in Thailand that are in accreditation with Joint Commission International Gold Seal of ApprovalTM . JCI accreditations are evaluated through stringent procedures, based on over 300 standards, including onsite inspections and personnel examinations. Only hospitals showing a strong commitment to continuously improving service quality and patient safety goals are awarded this distinction. Above all, the international standards are intended to stimulate continuous, systematic and organization-wide improvement in overall performance and outcomes.
On top of having international standards, some hospitals in Thailand also have the latest medical facilities and specialties. They have also interpreters and translators for their medical tourists.
I went to Bangkok Hospital Phuket to try out the facilities there. I was very impressed with the facilities and services there. The Bangkok Hospital Phuket opens 24 hours a day and it invested on many medical equipments as well as having qualified local and foreign medical doctors and specialists. The coordination with travel agents as well as insurance companies lessens the burden on the medical tourists. Not forgetting the 5 star hotel ratings like bedroom and services.
With international accreditations, latest state of art medical equipments, qualified medical doctors and specialists, top notch services and value for money charges, medical tourism in Thailand looks very positive and very attractive.
Interview with Gary Arndt on Medical Tourism