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Thailand and health care: The Asian country’s appeal to foreign patients

April 10, 2013

Currently, Thailand remains to be one of the most frequently chosen locations for medical travel in Asia, mainly due to its reputation for graceful and attentive service. The growth of its medical travel industry has been reported in BBC.com to be growing at an annual rate of 16%, and the medical sector is expected to earn 100 billion baht in the next two years.

 

Image Source: novasans.com

Image Source: novasans.com

 

There are many reasons why patients flock to Thailand for medical treatment. The Thai government has been aggressive in promoting its medical services industry since 2004, and its medical travel website lists many of the treatments that patients look for, such as a hip replacement or a tummy tuck. As for the quality of treatments, Bangkok’s hospitals have been reported to meet and exceed US standards.

 

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Image Source: thaimedtours.com

 

The Thai people are known for their kindness, humility, and their willingness to help foreigners. It is easy for a traveler to feel lost in a foreign land, but it is easier to get around in a place with many English speakers and where signs are written in both English and the local language. Additionally, many hospitals cater mainly to medical travelers so there are English-speaking staff and translators for more than 20 languages.

 

Image Source: phukethospital.com

Image Source: phukethospital.com

 

Another reason why Thailand is a popular choice for health care is its lenient immigration laws. With proper documents, it is easy for many qualified patients to obtain a 90-day visa exemption. This also extends to up to three individuals who are there to accompany the patient.

Satori World Medical’s International Centers of Excellence page shares more information on Thailand as a medical travel destination.

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