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Reasons Why Thailand Is The Best Destination For Medical Tourism

September 28, 2020

Every year thousands of people visit Thailand to vacation and enjoy themselves. However, more and more people come for medical tourism. The reputation of Thailand as a destination for medical tourism is excellent: Only South Korea is still more popular within Asia. We show you the reasons why Thailand is probably your best choice to get medical procedures outside your home country.

What Is Medical Tourism?

Medical tourism is defined into three categories: General, Cosmetic and Dental treatments. Thailand has become very popular for cosmetic surgeries, but a lot of medical tourists also come for general and dental procedures. 

Cosmetic surgeries, like breast augmentations, butt lifts, dental implants and other procedures, are still very popular. However, a lot of people come to Thailand to get eye surgery, organ transplants, spinal surgery, knee or hip replacements and fertility procedures. 

There are multiple reasons why Thailand is such a popular destination for medical tourism and why it will only get more medical tourists. We want to give you the reasons, what makes Thailand such a great medical destination.

1. It Is Affordable

One of the main reasons why so many people choose Thailand for medical tourism is the affordability of different procedures. No matter if you want to get general, cosmetic or dental treatment done: Thailand is about 40 to 70 percent cheaper than Australia or the United States, yet the quality is just the same if not better. This makes Thailand very attractive to medical tourists.

A good example is dental procedures: In Australia a filling costs you around 200 Dollars. In Thailand, you only pay 30 Dollars. A lot of Australians, New Zealanders, Americans and Europeans come to Thailand solely to get their teeth fixed, because they get high-quality work and technology for a lot cheaper than in their home countries.

2. Doctors And Staff Are Highly Trained

Even though the prices for medical treatments are low, the quality of the doctors and staff is not: All medical professionals, surgeons, physicians, nurses and paramedics are highly trained and a lot of the doctors belong to the best in the world. 

A lot of people looking for plastic surgery come straight to Thailand, because the quality is known to be very high. Thailand offers the newest procedures and only licensed and accredited professionals perform it. Of course, you should do your research first to find the perfect clinic and doctor for your needs. But in Bangkok alone there are many plastic surgeons that belong to the very best.

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3. Thai Hospitals Offer Excellent Service

It is hard to find a lot of other countries that offer such exquisite service in hospitals like Thailand. Thai hospitals are known internationally for their 5-star service. Most doctors speak excellent English, but all the hospitals that offer medical tourism packages, offer translation services for international patients. 

Your hospital room is often more like a studio-sized apartment with a living room area, a small kitchen, free Wi-Fi and other amenities. In general, Thai hospitals can seem more like hotels, which makes them perfect for medical tourists. A lot of hospitals in Thailand even have an in-house travel agent that can help you with visa extensions. 

Further, the medical equipment in the hospitals is very high quality. Compared to other countries in the world, the ratio of nurse to a patient is usually a lot better with a ratio of 4:1, while in Australia for example it is often 8:1.

4. Holistic And Alternative Treatments

Thailand is known for its wellness industry and offers a lot of holistic and alternative treatments for people coming for medical tourism, such as acupuncture, cupping and massage. Thai massage is known all over the world and offers a lot of benefits for people suffering from stress, muscle pain, back pain and other issues. 

A lot of spas offer treatment for facial rejuvenation, without having to get cosmetic surgery. Thailand is top of the notch when it comes to spa treatments and offers a range of different procedures. Especially in the big cities, like Bangkok or Chiang Mai, you will find a range of different spas. 

If you want to get massage there is not only traditional Thai massage, but also a range of others like aromatherapy, Jap Sen or Swedish massage. So even if you just come here to travel or to accompany someone getting medical care, you can enjoy a lot of these holistic treatments for yourself.

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Karin

"Karin is a writer and content creator with profound knowledge of the digital world. After travelling the world for years she found her new home in Thailand. She enjoys writing about health, fitness and wellness."