Medical Tourism in Thailand

Medical treatment in Thailand is booming at an unprecedented rate with the number of people traveling to the country for medical and rejuvenating treatment increasing at a steady rate since the early 2000s. It is estimated that more than 1,000,000 people from across the world travel to Thailand for medical treatment each year.

Apart from being one of the leading medical tourism destinations in Asia, the country is equally popular for its tourist spots and destinations. This is one of the major reasons why people prefer to go to Thailand because they also have the opportunity to spend a couple of days rejuvenating and recovering in a calm and serene environment after their medical procedure.

In addition to critical ailments, there are a number of people who solely travel to Thailand only for alternative treatments and therapies. Bangkok, in particular, is considered to be the best place for medical treatment in Thailand, apart from being a place for relaxation in the sun

World-class hospitals and treatment services, highly experienced medical experts, state-of-the-art facilities, great experience in handling a huge number of foreign travelers, and several options to choose from multiple leisure options are some of the reasons why people choose to go to Thailand for medical treatment and alternative therapies.

Brief about healthcare system and professional organizations in Thailand

The medical system in Thailand dates back to the 11th century. Archaeological evidence suggests that people in Thailand have been quite instrumental in providing healing treatment since them. Also, several pieces of evidence of written instructions and tools to produce medicines have been retrieved.

Traditional medicine in Thailand has a long history. It was only in the last 20th century that modern medicine started off as a full-fledged specialty and since then, there has been no looking back. The modern healthcare system in Thailand can be broadly classified into three categories – private medical sector, non-profit health organizations, and the government health services.

The non-profit health organizations consist of the World Vision and the Red Cross that offer healthcare to those in need. The government health services are available to all the Thai nationals and today, the people of Thailand get to enjoy 100 percent full health coverage in the country.

Then there is an extensive network of private hospitals in the country that are run independently and offer state-of-the-art medical services to patients from within Thailand and abroad. There are many private hospitals in Thailand that are globally renowned for their quality of services and receive thousands of patients every year. A majority of these are accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI), USA.

Good quality of treatment, experienced staff, professionally-qualified doctors, and availability of all services under a single roof are some of the reasons why people choose to travel to Thailand for medical treatment.

Why choose Thailand?

  • Highly qualified medical staff
  • Extremely popular for cosmetic and dental procedures
  • Multilingual and proficient staff
  • State-of-the-art medical treatment services
  • Exotic leisure options
  • Equally popular for massage and wellness centers
  • Affordable cost of living
  • Reasonable cost of treatment
  • No waiting time to seek critical treatment

Travel/Safety Tips

  • Get a travel insurance before you decide to book the tickets and travel to the country
  • Keep a scarf with you in case you plan to visit temples or other religious places in Thailand.
  • Keep cash with you all the time.
  • Stay alert all the time to avoid pick pocketing.
  • Maintain some level of skepticism in trusting people and other strangers.
  • While purchasing stuff from the market, negotiate as much as you can.
  • Keep a copy of all the necessary and important documents such as passport, hotel booking receipt, and contact details of important individuals with you all the time
  • Dress appropriately while visiting temples and other religious places.
  • Keep all your valuables with you and do not leave them in the hotel room.

Documents you need to carry/legal documents

  • A valid passport and visa
  • Confirmed travel itinerary
  • All previous medical reports
  • Letter of recommendation from the local doctor for treatment abroad
  • Fit to fly certificate from the local doctor
  • Identity proof of the patient and the attendant
  • Acceptance letter or visa invitation letter from treating hospital
  • Contact details of the local guardian
  • Emergency contact details of someone in the home
  • Local residential proof
  • Proof of financial means
  • Proof of hotel accommodation in the country