Thailand is not only a major tourism destination in the world but also one of the most popular countries for medical tourism. More than a million foreigners travel to Thailand every year to get medical and surgical procedures done. In 2012, the number of international patients getting treated in Thailand was about 2.5 million people and the number is constantly growing annually.
Advantages of going to Thailand for medical treatment
Healthcare in Thailand is largely driven by private hospitals. Thailand healthcare has many advantages over its Asian neighbors when it comes to medical tourism. Interestingly Thailand has the largest private hospital in Southeast Asia and also the first hospital in Asia to get a JCI accreditation and ISO 9001 certification.
When you travel to Thailand for healthcare, you get the following advantages.
The cost of medical treatment in Thailand is one of the lowest in the world. The huge savings and the fantastic quality of Thailand medical facilities draw many medical tourists to Thailand. Indeed, the medical facilities in Thailand are some of the best in the world.
All the latest equipment and facilities for treating even the most difficult illnesses can be availed off in Thailand for an affordable cost. For example, a heart bypass surgery can cost upwards of $144,000 in the US, but the same operation will cost around $26,000 in Thailand.
2. World Class and International Accredited Medical facilities
Many private hospitals in Thailand are Joint Commission International (JCI) accredited. On last count there were 46 of these (as of September 2015). Many more are ISO certified and are in the process of getting a JCI accreditation. Over 350 hospitals have a hospital accreditation from the Ministry of Public Health. All the latest technologies and facilities are available in the largest private hospitals.
3. Highly trained and experienced doctors, nurses and paramedical staff
Thailand has a pool of highly trained doctors many of whom have studied/practiced abroad. With this international experience they are able to offer the latest and safest medical procedures. They will perform a wide range of surgeries like plastic surgeries, cardio thoracic surgeries, pediatric surgery, neurological surgery, dental implants, LASIK, etc. Nearly all of the doctors and most of the nurses speak English. Translator services are also available should you require them.
4. Excellent Service
Thailand is famous for its hospitable treatment of visitors. The people are a friendly lot and hospitable service to guests is engrained in the culture. You will be surprised to see how far the Thais will go to make their guests comfortable.
5. Holistic and Alternative treatments
There are many medical spas and wellness centers in Thailand offering alternative treatments like Thai massages, Thai foot massages, aromatherapy massages, and Thai therapeutic massages. Many of these therapies are exclusively found only in Thailand. Apart from this, Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is also widely known and can be easily found in Thailand.
6. Better bundling of services
Patients going to other Asian counties mostly focus on specialized treatments. But the major Thailand hospitals offer full fledged services under one roof. One major private hospital in Thailand treats 1.2 million patients annually and offers more than 34 specialties.
Thailand offers a range of services that even the most demanding foreign medical tourist will find comforting. The vast number of patients that the doctors work on has ensured that they have vast experience, the hospitals are better equipped and the prices are kept low due to economies of scale.
7. Fewer entry procedures
The procedures in Thailand are less cumbersome than many other countries in Asia. Foreigners who travel to Thailand must have a passport that is valid for the next 6 months. Travelers from over 41 countries can stay in Thailand for up to 30 days without a visa. This is also called Visa Exemption. If you are traveling into Thailand overland, you can get in for 15 days without a Visa.
These include countries like the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Hong Kong and many others. Travelers from 21 other countries can apply for a visa upon arrival.
8. Tourist destinations where you can relax and recuperate
Thailand tourism offers diverse attractions, great tourism infrastructure, delicious Thai food and friendly people. The country has many tourist places and is one of the top draws for tourists from all over the world. Thailand is a beautiful country and the tourist places contrast from hill resorts and sun kissed beaches to exotic islands. Thailand is an aviation hub; all major international airlines run flights into Bangkok and elsewhere everyday. You can choose from many first class hotels where accommodation and food boasts international standards.
In fact many tourists choose to come to Thailand so that they can club it with a short exotic Thailand holiday.
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