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Medical tourism in Thailand

Cosmetic surgery has become popular nowadays

Nowadays, touring does not only mean visiting beautiful spots, trying local meals, or learning the different cultures. A new kind of tourism – medical has increasingly become popular recently. According to CNN Travel, medical tourism accounts for 9 percent of global GDP (more than $6 trillion) in 2011. Since then, Thailand has been one of the best medical destinations. In 2012 only, Thailand welcomed nearly 1 million medical tourists for services such as hip replacements, dental treatments and cosmetic surgery.


Cosmetic surgery has become popular nowadays

Cosmetic surgery has become popular nowadays

Why should Thailand be chosen as your medical destination?

First, Thailand provides best services. The evidences are 30 healthcare organizations accredited by the U.S.-based Joint Commission International, considered a leading evaluator of global health care quality and safety. International hospitals there meet the same set of standards as U.S. hospitals. Josef Woodman, CEO of U.S.-based medical travel consumer guide Patients Beyond Borders (PBB), said that an estimated 920,000 to 1.2 million medical tourists had come to Thailand in 2013, representing around 10% of the worldwide patient flow for international medical travel.


Bumrungrad – one of famous international hospitals in Thailand

Bumrungrad – one of famous international hospitals in Thailand

Second, best services go along with good price. Do you know how much you can save for getting your face lift or hip replacement surgery in Thailand? Compared to the United State, the figure is from 50 percent to 70 percent, if you use U.S. costs across a variety of specialties and procedures as a benchmark. For the more expensive procedures such as heart and spine work, this figure can reach 80 percent to 85 percent. Not to mention that living cost in the U.S are much more expensive than in Thailand.

What makes medical tourism in Thailand so successful?

It must thank to the support of government. “Malaysia, Thailand and South Korea are examples where government support has proved very successful at increasing business year on year, while places like India where governments have done little have seen numbers fall,” the International Medical Tourism Journal commented.

For example, The Extreme Makeover contest in Thailand was launched by Thailand’s Tourism Authority offering three lucky ladies a chance to win free facial surgery along with a shot at $5,000 and a luxury vacation. The contest is believed to promote for medical tourism in Thailand.
Although, due to this year’s political and social unrest, the number of medical tourists to Thailand is 40% off along with the rest of tourism, this country is still a medical tourism hotspot.

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