Medical tourism in Phuket Thailand
What is medical tourism / health tourism / health
Medical Tourism can be broadly defined as the act
of traveling to other countries to obtain ‘cost
dental, and surgical care. Medical Tourism also combines
wellness and healthcare alongside leisure and relaxation
aimed at rejuvenating a person; mentally, physically
and emotionally. It revolves around the idea of drawing
you away from your daily routine to a relaxed surrounding
in an exotic location.
For many medical tourists, though, the real attraction
is price. The cost of surgery in Thailand can be one-tenth
of what it is in the United States or Western Europe,
and sometimes even less. A heart-valve replacement
that would cost $200,000 or more in the U.S., for example,
goes for fraction of that price in Thailand and that
includes round-trip airfare and a brief vacation package.
Similarly, a metal-free dental bridge worth $5,500
in the U.S. costs $750 in Thailand, a knee replacement
in Thailand with six days of physical therapy costs
about one-fifth of what it would in the States, and
Lasik eye surgery worth $3,700 in the U.S. is available
in Thailand for only $1650. Cosmetic
surgery savings are even greater: A full facelift that
would cost $20,000 in the U.S. runs about $7500 in
This web site provides information about medical
tourism in Phuket Thailand and an insight into
elective procedures such as rhinoplasty, liposuction,
breast augmentation, orthodontics, and LASIK, to more
serious and life-saving procedures such as joint replacements
and cardiac bypass surgery among others.
A combination of many factors has lead to the recent
increase in popularity of medical tourism: high costs
of healthcare in industrialized nations, ease and affordability
of international travel, improving technology and standards
of care in many countries of the world.
Medical tourists are generally residents of the industrialized
nations of the world, the countries they travel are typically
the less developed ones with lower cost of medical care,
in some cases due to favorable currency exchange ratios.
Currently, many of the procedures accessed are considered "elective
procedures," such as cosmetic surgery. Because elective
procedures are rarely covered through health insurance
plans, there may be greater incentive to find such care
at lower costs.
Medical tourism to Thailand
Medical tourism is a growing segment of Thailand's tourism
and health-care sectors. Lower labor costs translate
to significant cost savings on procedures. In 2005,
one Bangkok hospital took in 150,000 treatment seekers
from abroad. In 2006, medical tourism was projected
to earn the country 36.4 billion baht.
While it is not commonly known outside Thailand, the
modern Thai medical system has its origins in the United
States when Prince Mahidol of Songkla, the King's father,
earned his MD degree from Harvard Medical School in the
early 20th century. Prince Mahidol convinced the Rockefeller
Foundation to pay for an American medical education for
a group of Thai men and women. Those men and women became
the first educators for the modern Thai medical system.
Today many Thai physicians hold US professional certification.
Thailand has an excellent mix of low cost, high quality
care coupled with clean, safe, modern infrastructure.
is our partner in medical tourism.
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Read more about medical tourism:
Medical Tourism in Asia Information about Medical
tourism in Phuket
Travel + Leisure: The
in dept - Medical tourism: Need surgery, will travel
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