According to some recent research estimates, the tiny Kingdom of Thailand gets more medical tourists every year than any other country, with the number hovering around 1.5 million visitors. In addition to the excellent healthcare oversight and a huge number of five star hotels in Thailand, visitors can also expect to see the famous Thai hospitality that further enhances their stay in this wonderful country.
To say that Thailand is old would be a massive understatement. Some stone artifacts uncovered here date back at least 40 thousand years. Like most other countries in this region, Thailand was under a deep influence of the Indian beliefs and culture. Up until 1939 it was known as Siam as well in the period between 1945 and 1949 after which it became Thailand again. The name Thailand comes from the Thai, an ethnic group from the central plains of the country. Even though the south of the country, as well as the eastern tip, have a tropical monsoon climate, most of Thailand actually has a tropical wet and dry or savanna climate.
Thailand is slightly larger than Spain and it offers a huge and very attractive variety of activities for visitors. From the beautiful beaches of Phuket Province to the eco-tourism options in the northern regions of the country, Thailand can offer something for everyone, especially the healthcare travelers.
Even though English is not the native language here, it is becoming more commonly spoken in Bangkok as well as other larger cities and resorts. It is also taught as a second language in schools.
Following the crash of the Thai baht some 15 years ago, government and business leaders of Thailand have decided to make use of the country’s excellent medical set up to attract international patients from countries with weaker healthcare, such as the countries surrounding Thailand. The aim was also to attract expatriates from the United States. As such, Thailand offers one of the best healthcare values in the world, despite its higher standards of living. A healthcare visitor can expect to save anywhere between 40 and 60 percent compared to the prices they would have to pay in the EU, the US or Japan.
As time went on and the healthcare offerings of Thailand grew, numerous Vietnamese, Cambodians, Laotians and Middle Easterners rushed to Thailand’s hospitals and clinics. Following them were the patients from Europe and other countries around Thailand. Nowadays there are thousands of Americans and Canadians who also flock to Bangkok or Phuket, primarily to save on elective surgeries. The savings that they get are, to many visitors, enough to power through the unconfortable and long flights to Thailand.
Thailand’s government has put a lot of effort into revamping the healthcare system in the past decade in order to match Thailand’s growing economy. They’re building new hospitals that feature state of the art equipment and technology as well as provide almost 20 million citizens of Thailand with universal health coverage and healthcare services.
There are more JCI-accredited facilities in Thailand than anywhere else in South or Southeast Asia. In fact, the first JCI accreditation in Asia went to Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok. Hosting nearly half a million patients from over a hundred countries each year, Bumrungrad is one of the highest quality hospitals in the world.
Anyone seeking dental services can visit one of the largest clinics in Asia, the Bangkok International Dental Center that features four floors of dental facilities. Along with its subsidiary, Smile Signature Dental Clinics, this JCI-accredited facility offers four floors of dental services that feature 60 treatment rooms staffed by around 100 dentists and other specialists.
Other notable facilities in Thailand include Yanhee International Hospital, famous for their affordable cosmetic surgeries as well as Bangkok Hospital Medical Center, which is the flagship facility of the Dusit Healthcare Group, the largest hospital network in Thailand. Many other notable medical centers are located in the resort town of Phuket. This includes Phuket International Dental Center, Bangkok Hospital Phuket and Phuket International Hospital.
Thailand is also famous as one of the leading gender reassignment surgery destinations in the world. Facilities such as the Preecha Clinic offer a range of procedures that are often very difficult if not outright impossible to perform in the patient’s own country.
Thailand’s famous beaches are ideal for people who seek relaxation and rest. If you’re interested in a relaxing vacation, some of the richest cultural heritage sites in the world can be found in Thailand. This includes temples in Bangkok as well as Siem Rep or Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Other attractions include elephant rides and the spectacular beaches south of the capital. There is no better place to spend your recovery than in some of the most popular and luxurious resorts in Asia such as Phuket, Phang Nga, Trang, Krabi and Ranong, all of which can be found on the Andaman Sea coast in Thailand.