Gone are the days when visitors to Thailand came back with silk fabrics, wooden and jade Buddha statues, intricate Asian antique pieces, and tiny trinkets purchased from the earthy markets of this Southeast Asian country. These days they are coming back with firmer derrieres, flatter bellies, and wrinkle-free and beaming faces, thanks to the rising medical tourism in this land of smiles.
Of late, Thailand has also become the Mecca of affordable cosmetic, dental, and a host of other medical treatments. The rising healthcare costs and long waiting times in the affluent countries of the world such as the US, Canada, and the UK have prompted residents of these countries to travel to Thailand to undergo quality treatments at much lower costs than in their home countries. The low cost of living in the country contributes to keeping the healthcare costs low.
Most popular procedures with medical travelers are cosmetic surgeries including liposuction, facelift, breast augmentation surgery, and sex reassignment surgeries and dental procedures for getting crowns, bridges, and mini dental implants in Thailand.
Medical Tourism in Thailand
Affordable and quality medical treatments are the key drivers of the rise in medical value tourism in Thailand. Cardiac surgeries, bone related procedures, and cosmetic dentistry in Bangkok, Pattaya, and other Thai cities are highly sought after. These procedures are performed by skilled medical professionals at hospitals equipped with the latest technology. One can undergo medical treatments at these hospitals for a fraction of the cost charged in developed nations.
Another key reason for the rise of medical tourism in Thailand is the mushrooming of “hotel-spitals” or hospitals which combine quality medical services with world-class hospitality, especially catering to offshore patients.
Even if the cost of airfare and accommodation is taken into account, the total cost of a medical trip to Thailand will turn out to be cheaper than what one might have to shell out for the procedure alone in countries such as the US, Australia, and the UK.
Healthcare and Vacationing Both Combined In Thailand
Medical vacation and dental holiday in Thailand might strike as obscure terms to some but these are the buzzwords in the more industrialized countries of the world. The money saved on the medical procedure in Thailand can be spent on a relaxing holiday in the country. There are numerous cultural programs and entertainment options for visitors to Thailand. Those recovering from surgery can also unwind in the numerous spas that dot the tourist hubs of Thailand. The availability of holistic, herbal remedies is another factor that attracts medical tourists from overseas. Patients who want to try alternative cancer treatment options can do so in Thailand.
Popular Tourist Places in Thailand
The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok with their mesmerizingly intricate detailing and magnificent structures are a must-see. The sanctum sanctorum of the Wat Phra Kaew is home to the highly revered Emerald Buddha, a statue carved out of a single block of emerald. Siam Ocean World, a gargantuan underground aquarium in Bangkok housing nearly 30,000 species, brings you within close reach of the esoteric world of the oceans. The reclining Buddha statue is another highlight of Thai artistic workmanship which should not to be missed.
The picturesque Phi Phi islands and the temperate waters of Phuket lure people from all nooks and crannies of the globe. Those keen on taking the off beaten track can consider the dense jungles of the Sai Yok National Park, the Huai Mae Khamin Waterfall surrounded by thick bamboo forests, and the Ayutthaya Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Tips for Medical Tourists in Thailand
Patients who want to undergo complex surgeries should be aware of the pros and cons of undergoing medical treatment in Thailand. While there are many advantages, those who come to Thailand for surgery won’t be able to follow up with the same doctor if they wish to depart from the country soon after the surgery. Prospective offshore patients should also bear in mind that it can be more difficult to file malpractice suits in Thailand, unlike in the West. They should also be circumspect enough so as not to get enticed by misleading promotions for “cheap” medical treatments.
Nevertheless, since the advantages of getting treated in Thailand far outweigh the downsides, why not blend affordable healthcare with a holiday in Thailand! All it takes is being punctilious in researching on reputable hospitals and doctors in Thailand.
By our guest post writer, Dr. Deepika, Dentist, Internet Enthusiast, Denta Vacation