As Asia’s medical tourism industry continues to grow and develop, Thailand has stepped out as one of its clear leaders. In fact, Forbes has called Thailand ‘[one of] the best places in Asia for top-rated hospital care at reasonable prices’. Needless to say, patients from around the world are taking notice.
All of this international attention ultimately leads to more and better infrastructure. In the words of Paul McTaggart, CEO of Medical Departures, Thailand has been a major benefactor of medical tourism in recent years. “Much of the revenue generated has been reinvested in the nation’s private hospitals and clinics,” he said. “As a result, the country’s state-of-the-art medical facilities are emerging as some of the best in the world.”
International patients planning to spend avail themselves of anything from open-heart surgery to plastic surgery in Thailand are spoilt for choice when it comes to where to schedule their procedure. Even so, a few clinics and hospitals stand out from the competition. We’ll take a closer look at a few of them below.
As the name suggests, Bangkok Hospital is headquartered in the Thai capital, but it continues to expand with new branches around the country. The Phuket branch is particularly popular with medical tourists, as its services pair nicely with a holiday at Thailand’s best-known beach destination.
Bangkok Hospital Phuket is Joint Commission International (JCI) accredited and has been the recipient of several international healthcare awards, including the Asian Hospital Management Awards (2012 to 2014). As with many of Thailand’s leading hospitals, it offers the full gamut of medical procedures and has a dedicated help centre for international patients.
Bangkok Nursing Home (BNH) is located in Silom, the capital’s leading business district. It was established in 1898 and remains Bangkok’s oldest private hospital. Its original mission was to provide Bangkok’s expat community with international-calibre healthcare.
BNH may be more than a century old, but it is far from a relic. Consistent redevelopment and a commitment to incorporating the latest research and cutting-edge techniques into the care provided here make this a leading option for modern-day expats and medical tourists.
Located in the heart Bangkok, Bumrungrad Hospital is one of the clear leaders in South-East Asia’s medical tourism revolution. It’s a world-leading healthcare centre in every sense, and it’s another of the city’s prestigious JCI accredited institutions.
One in three of Bumrungrad’s nearly 1 million annual patients hail from outside Thailand. The in-house International Patient Services Centre provides patients with concierge services, VIP airport transfers, embassy assistance and international medical coordinators.
Chiang Mai Ram Hospital
Established in 1993, Chiang Mai Ram was the first international-calibre hospital to open in Northern Thailand. It’s JCI accredited and has even awarded the JCI ‘Gold Seal of Approval. Given the number and quality of hospitals found in Bangkok, this facility appeals most to expats and tourists focusing their time in the northern regions of Thailand.
Nirunda Cellport Thailand Clinic
One of the top places for plastic surgery in Thailand, Nirunda Cellport is one of a new wave of clinics in Bangkok. It features accredited surgery centres attended by board-certified doctors and dermatologists. The facility professes a level of artistry that promotes a refined, natural look.
Samitivej Hospital (Sukhumvit)
Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital opened its doors in 1979, long before Thailand had anywhere near the healthcare infrastructure it boasts today. Now, it’s one of the most prestigious medical providers in the entire South-East Asia region. This was also the first hospital to be awarded ‘Mother and Baby Friendly Hospital’ in Thailand – a distinction bestowed by UNICEF and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Samitivej Hospital has 270 beds and 1,200 dedicated caregivers. It’s a top choice for expats living in Bangkok and it draws a diverse base of patients from all over the world. There is a second branch of this hospital at Srinakarin in Bangkok.
Established in 1984, Yanhee Hospital has been a dynamic player in Bangkok’s healthcare sector for decades now. It offers one-stop service for medical treatments, dental treatments and some cosmetic procedures and has been JCI accredited since 2000. The hospital is equipped with 400 beds, 150 full-time doctors and hundreds of support staff. The staff are proficient English speakers, and complimentary translation services are supplied when needed.
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