Medical travel to Thailand
Thailand is traditionally a very popular tourism region with people from all over the world travel there to see and experience its natural and cultural beauty. Since the early 2000s Thailand has seen a significant expansion in the number of tourists travelling over specifically for healthcare.
The reasons for a lot of people choosing Thailand as their preferred healthcare destination is the low cost of medical care, the quality of private care and its popularity as an exotic tourism destination.
Thailand is located on the Indochinese peninsula in Southeast Asia bordering Myanmar and Laos in the north, Cambodia in the East and Malaysia in the South.
With a population of 69 million people it is the 20th most populous country in the world.
Thailand is classified as a newly industrialising economy that is reliant on exporting goods like machinery, electronics and food. Unsurprisingly the largest sectors in the Thai economy are manufacturing, agriculture and tourism.
In Southeast Asia, Thailand is a regional power as it is the second largest economy in the region. From a global perspective Thailand is considered a middle power nation in global affairs.
Bangkok is capital and most populous city in Thailand with a population of over 8 million people. The population including the surrounding metropolitan area exceeds 14 million, or 22% of the country. The city has developed and grown rapidly since the 1960 and has significant influence on Thai politics, economy, education, finance, society and media.
Thailand healthcare system
Thailand has over 450 private hospitals of which 37 have been accredited by the Join Commission International (JCI). In addition to the JCI, some hospitals have gained ISO 9001 accreditation.
Some of the best doctors and practitioners in Thailand work in private hospitals as they tend to earn more through private care than state run medical services.
For many Thai people the price of treatment in private hospitals will seem too high as salaries in Thailand are much lower than in the UK, Europe and the US. For medical travellers, however, private healthcare received in Thailand is great value for money, especially when you consider the high standard of care provided in some of the most sophisticated facilities.
Popular treatments in Thailand
The results of such a procedure can be positive. Not only will you notice a significant drop in weight, but you should see a general improvement in disorders associated with obesity like blood pressure and diabetes.
A broad field of medicine, cosmetic surgery can be carried out to change and improve a variety of conditions on a number of different parts of the body, including the face, body and breasts.
One of the most popular treatments carried out in Thailand, dentistry can be one of the most straightforward treatments to have abroad.
Couples that have been trying to get pregnant for a significant period of time but haven’t succeeded may consider having fertility treatment. The rate of success will vary depending on the cause of the problem and the treatments available.
Baldness is a very common problem of a lot of men. Implant treatments abroad are very popular due to the significant cost savings available to patients.
By altering the shape of the cornea to adjust the way light enters the eye, it’s possible to correct visual imperfections like short sight, long sight and astigmatism.
Eye care is vital to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, not matter the age. Cataracts, retina treatments and corneal diseases are some of the conditions that can be treated by your ophthalmologist.
Traveling to Thailand for treatment
Direct flights from London to Bangkok usually takes just over 11 hours each way. The cost of flying to Thailand can vary depending on the time of year you travel, where in Thailand you want to travel to and whether you want to travel direct or willing to have stop en route. Indirect flights may be less expensive, but the journey will typically take longer to complete.
For those travelling for medical care the savings made on the treatment will out way the cost of getting to your destination.
Each year there are over a million British nationals that make the trip to Thailand, mostly without any problems.
Be sure to take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. Although this type of insurance won’t help with the cost of your medical travel or any complications that may occur, it can be extremely useful when, and if, you’re confronted with and unexpected situation while out there.
UK health authorities have classified Thailand as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. Take all necessary health precautions before embarking on your trip.
While in Thailand if you need emergency assistance you may contact the nearest British embassy for support. If you’re a dual national, Thai and British, the British embassy may only be able to provide limited support.
Find the right care provider
The best way to find the right care provider is to contact them directly and have them answer your questions. Get in touch with multiple care providers if you must to compare services offered and ensure the best decision for you is made.
Meeting consultants, in person or over a telephone conference before your procedure is also very important. Do not be afraid to ask some probing questions about the doctor, consultant and the hospital or clinic.
Here are some questions you may consider asking:
- What experience do you have in this area of medicine?
- What are your qualifications?
- When did you receive training?
- Where were you trained?
- How much experience do they have on the specific treatment or surgery you need?
- Can they provide any statistics on post operation complications?
- Can they provide testimonials and allow you to contact past patients?
- How much does the consultation cost?
- How much does the procedure cost?
- What payment options are available to you?
- What is their cancellation policy in case you are not able to go ahead with the procedure?
- What is the patient satisfaction score?
- Are the hospital return to theatre rates published?
- What are the accreditation standards the hospital or clinic meets?
- What after care support services are available?
- What cost implications are their if there are complications with the procedure?
How can we help you?
At Mhc, we encourage informed decision making when it comes to healthcare. Quite often it can be difficult to find the information you need or trust the reliability of sources providing the information. Although we don’t give any healthcare advice or recommendations, we strive to breaks downs barriers and strengthen communication with medical experts who can help.
Finding your care provide:
Search our database of healthcare providers in Thailand and contact them directly for information on the treatment you’re interested in. Alternatively tell us what you’re looking for through our contact form and we’ll find the appropriate care providers and get them to give information about treatments and their services.
Contacting and communicating with your care provider:
If you’re satisfied with the information you receive and want to continue the conversation, we can help arrange a call or an online consultation to discuss your needs and the available treatment options in more detail.
Booking your treatment:
Once you’re happy to proceed with the treatment, we can work with you and the care provider to confirm an appointment for you to go in for treatment.
Coordination and logistics of having treatment:
Working with the care provider, or using our own logistical resources, we can help to plan and schedule your trip.
Tell us what you’re looking for: