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Thailand: The grandaddy of medical travel

May 27, 2013
Image Source: bbc.co.uk

Image Source: bbc.co.uk

 

Today, more and more Americans are realizing the financial benefit of going outside the country to have expensive medical procedures performed. Because of this boom, many hospitals overseas have tried upgrading their facilities and services to match, if not exceed the quality of those found in the US, giving patients more options when it comes to choosing their country of preference. Of worthy note are some Asian countries, like Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, and India, which are gaining ground in the medical travel industry.

But if history is to be traced back, Asian medical travel was actually initiated by Thailand; other countries just followed suit.

In 2002, Thailand became the first Asian country to achieve the prestigious Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation. This status certified that accredited hospitals reached the minimum standards of excellence which are likewise being asked from US hospitals, thus ensuring international patients that whatever services they receive are on par with (or even exceed) US standards. At present, there are already over 40 JCI accredited hospitals in Thailand, making it one of the most attractive destinations for prospective medial travelers.

 

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Image Source: thaimedtour.com

 

Because of Thailand’s experience advantage, the country has been serving more foreign medical customers than its own. According to 2007 World Health Organization (WHO) data, Thailand provided medical services for as many as 420,000 medical travelers, beating Singapore who has just then claimed the title “medical hub of Asia.”

Numbers aside, Thailand is also taking on a leadership position when it comes to establishing ties among Asian countries that are providing medical travel services. Earlier this year, the Thai Medical Tourism Association (TMTA) was the first to officially jump on board the newly formed Asia Medical Travel Council (AMTRAC), a governing body that oversees the medical travel situation in its member countries, which include Thailand, India, Malaysia, South Korea, and Singapore.

 

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Image Source: mymedholiday.com

 

Satori World Medical is a premier medical travel agency which provides patients the option to take advantage of cost-effective and high-quality medical care abroad. Learn more about these services by visiting Satori’s official website.

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