Top 5 Reasons Why Medical Tourism at a Thailand International Hospital Is So Popular

Top 5 Reasons Why Medical Tourism at a Thailand International Hospital Is So Popular

Mar 30, 2020, 10:39:59 AM Life and Styles

Excellent hospitals can be found all around the world. The challenge is finding one that is conveniently located, internationally certified, able to treat your condition, and affordable. According to these criteria, medical tourism in Thailand shines very brightly. It’s no great secret that Thailand’s medical tourism sector (14% growth year-on-year) is routinely ranked as one of the world’s best. The country’s increasingly high-tech economy has invested heavily in healthcare and infrastructure while maintaining a relatively modest cost of living; these two factors have combined to create a world-class health system. Indeed, undergoing treatment in Thailand will cost a fraction of what it would in the United States, Europe, or Australia. We shall now look in more detail at the top five reasons why getting treatment at a Thailand international hospital is such a smart choice for overseas patients looking for affordable, high-quality medical care.

1. Global Understanding

Many Thai hospitals, particularly in the largest metropolises of Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, and Chiang Mai, are managed with expatriates (i.e., long-term foreign visitors, who number approximately 200,000 nationwide) in mind. This focus on overseas customers means they are also well-placed to service short-term visitors (i.e., tourists) as well. Familiarity with foreign languages (English, Japanese, Mandarin, Arabic, etc.) and social norms, as well as a commitment to providing a comfortable Western hospital experience, are commonplace in these types of medical facilities.

2. Location, Location, Location

As mentioned in point #1, most Thai hospitals catering to foreign clientele are extremely well located, both in terms of their connectivity and infrastructure. Most will be surrounded by an array of affordable accommodation, public transportation, a wide selection of shops and restaurants, and no doubt many entertainment options as well. This is important for patients who might be traveling with accompanying family or friends who don’t necessarily have to spend all day at the hospital.

3. Hi-Tech & Efficient Service 

Modern equipment and techniques have earned Thai hospitals a well-deserved reputation for excellence and advanced procedures. Every major medical discipline is practiced, and all top international hospitals have state-of-the-art medical equipment. Features traditionally associated with expensive private hospitals, such as short waiting times, private rooms, and attentive staff, are standard practice at Thailand’s network of world-class medical facilities.

4. International Qualifications

Any hospital claiming to offer an international-level of care and service will have JCI (Joint Commission International) accreditation at the very minimum. As of now (March 2020), the Land of Smiles has 66 such hospitals on its books; that’s more than any other country in Southeast Asia. Such hospitals also boast a highly qualified team of internationally trained doctors, nurses, and support staff. 

5. Easy Accessibility 

Accessibility is another key advantage of medical tourism in Thailand. The country has seven (Bangkok x2, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Hat Yai, Chiang Rai) international airports spread out from north to south. All of which are home to both high-end and low-cost airlines, allowing for fast, easy, and convenient travel within the region and across the globe. Once in-country, you can easily get about via a sophisticated network of airplanes, trains, boats, and buses. And travel within all major cities is easy, too, thanks to local taxis, shared rides (aka Grab), tuk-tuks, buses, and ferries.


Published by Charlesa Gibson

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