Medical Vacation in Thailand

Are you planning a surgical procedure in the near future?

What is it going to cost you in your home country?

Perhaps you could combine that surgery with your next holiday and take your convalescence at a beachside resort. Medical vacations are becoming a growth industry thanks to a fortunate combination of low cost, but high quality medical care and a wide variety of very affordable tourist attractions.

Popular treatments vary from general checkups, dental care, hip replacement, lasik, plastic and heart surgery. In Phuket there is one hospital that specialises in sex change operations.

The combined cost of travel, accommodation and surgery may well turn out to be less than the cost of the surgery alone in your home country.

Thai care even proves popular among those with government health insurance. Many say they would rather pay for everything themselves than wait several months for admission in their own countries where medical staff may take an off-handed approach.

From my own experience I can say that having a tooth crowned here will cost around US $350 for a molar. A procedure to remove a gall bladder, using the latest "key hole" surgery techniques was $700 and involved only 2 nights stay in hospital. Hospital room charges are most expensive in Bangkok, but even so will be less than $100 per night and in Pattaya the charge will only be US $60 per night for a private room with air-conditioning, television and refrigerator. All private hospital rooms have a full length couch, where a relative or friend can sleep if they wish to stay with the patient.

Read Joe's account of his medical vacation to Thailand
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