Bangkok Health Tourism

Hospitals & Healthcare

Famous for its exotic cuisine, bewitching beauty and hospitality, Thailand has proved to be Southeast Asia's brightest and most enduring star for the pleasure-seeking holidaymaker. Now the Kingdom, with its world-class medical facilities, service-driven culture and high standard of healthcare - at surprisingly affordable rates - is also becoming the destination of choice among a new breed of visitor: the health tourist.

Commonly known as 'medical tourism', this fairly recent phenomenon - where foreigners, spurred on by low-cost flights, travel to another country to address their medical needs (or cosmetic wants) - is a massively growing trend across the globe. There are various reasons why exactly, but mostly its because increasing numbers of people find themselves unable to rely on their own country's state healthcare systems, many of which are either negligible or overburdened with lengthy waiting lists.


The alternative, paying for private healthcare, is notoriously expensive in the West. Even some commonplace procedures such as dentistry can cost an arm and a leg - let alone more invasive surgery. Others are frustrated by insurance companies that won't cover elective procedures such as IVF treatment. No wonder so many people look beyond their shores to find a more cost-effective option. For many, a trip to Thailand is the perfect solution; it's affordable, safe and hospitality is guaranteed.

For others, opting for medical tourism is less about conditions back home and more about being able to combine their treatment with a relaxing holiday in the Kingdom afterwards. After all, what better way can there be to recover from surgery than by treating yourself? With the money saved you could even splash out on a post-op vacation in Phuket or Ko Samui, or go sight-seeing, shopping or indulge in some replenishing spa and beauty treatments. You may even go back having spent less on your treatment, flights and holiday, than you would on the medical procedure alone back home.

The most common medical care which tourists come to Bangkok for is dentistry, cosmetic surgery and LASIK corrective eye surgery, although medical check-ups, major heart surgery, IVF treatment or even coming here to give birth are all becoming more popular. All private hospitals in Bangkok which offer medical consultation and treatment to patients from abroad boast state-of-the-art facilities and technology, internationally-trained doctors and multilingual staff. Many also offer special promotional packages to foreigners, while some (Bumrungrad, Samitivej and the Bangkok International Hospital) have even gone so far as to set up in-house visa extension facilities to help those who have to overstay their visas while undergoing medical treatment.

Yes, Bangkok's hospitals have taken the Kingdom's legendary customer service culture, and re-packaged it with its expert healthcare facilities, making for an irresistible offer for those looking for medical treatment. 

Is It Safe

With its world-class health facilities, medical expertise and low prices, Thailand is rapidly becoming a rising star for a new breed of visitor: the health tourist. But, a common concern is whether the medical care is as safe as in the West. And rightly so. Read More...

Why Choose Bangkok

Beyond the medical professionalism, world-class facilities and cost-saving potential, you may still be thinking why you should choose Bangkok. Several other locales around the globe offer similar kinds of care at similarly competitive prices - Eastern Europe and India being the main ones. So, what sets Bangkok apart from the competition? Read More...

Asia's Health Tourism Hub

Thailand's meteoric rise as a place to come for medical treatment is not only due to the conditions and cost of healthcare in the West, but also the result of a long-term government strategy to establish the country as the 'health tourism hub of Asia'. This five-year strategy aims also to make the Kingdom a world leader in the supply of healthcare services, including spas and traditional Thai massage, as well as therapeutic Thai herbal products. Read More...

Health Tourism FAQ

A healthcare guru at one of Bangkok's leading private hospitals, Bangkok Nursing Home (BNH) provided some insightful answers to frequently asked questions about the industry in Thailand. Read More...

 


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