Questions about Health and Medical Tourism in Thailand
Have questions about healthcare and medical tourism in Thailand? You aren’t alone. Here are some of top questions about medical treatment in Thailand:
Why do so many people go to Thailand for medical procedures?
Health services in Thailand are high-quality and offer top-of-the-line treatments at affordable rates. The country also has a well-deserved reputation for hospitality and service.
Can I combine my medicate treatment with a vacation or holiday stay?
Of course. Many patients take advantage of their presence in Thailand to take a relaxing vacation after their procedure.
Will my insurance cover my stay and treatments?
This depends on your insurance company. Be sure to discuss your procedures with them in advance to be sure that you understand what will and will not be paid for. Hospitals typically accept the majority of international health insurance plans.
Will a language barrier be a problem?
No, most hospitals – especially international ones – have a staff that for the most part speaks proficient English. Many doctors have studied abroad, particularly in the U.S. and the U.K. If you speak another language, you will find that most hospitals will be happy to find you a translator if they do not already have one on staff.
Are there any procedures or treatments that Thailand’s hospitals do particularly well?
Thailand is well known for its skills in cosmetic surgery as well as oncology, cardiology, spinal treatments, and orthopedic procedures.
What are the most common medical treatments performed in Thailand?
Orthopedic procedures are the most common treatment.
Should I be worried about malaria? How can I protect myself?
Malaria most often occurs in forested areas, near the borders, and in and around Koh Chang. If you are going to be in one of these areas for a fair amount of time, it is a good idea to use mosquito sprays, use mosquito nets or air conditioning, and wear long sleeves.
Malarone can prevent malaria but it isn’t available in Thailand. Another option is doxycycline. Talk to your doctor about these important potential preventatives. Usually, you must start taking the medication prior to entering the area that will put you at risk and continue taking it after you leave.
Posted on Gods of Thailand February 10, 2015 in Medical Tourism