Thailand Healthcare & Insurance Information
The Thai healthcare system is reasonably well developed with both public and private hospitals. The international hospitals are world class facilities, while the ordinary public medical facilities are often below western standards. In recent years, Thailand has become one of the world's leading destinations for medical tourists. While the general cost of healthcare is inexpensive in comparison to western countries, treatment at the best facilities in Thailand is still very costly.
Every major city has a public hospital, however these facilities are often overcrowded and the level of treatment may not be of a very high standard. Physicians and medical staff in the large, urban hospitals typically speak English very well. Most physicians work at what are known as Polyclinics. These clinics offer walk-in service during normal business hours. Clinics in Thailand offer a number of services. They normally include laboratory facilities which produce results in a very short time.
Over 1 million expatriates visit Thai Hospitals every year. Most of these visitors are medical tourists seeking treatment in Thailand 's best hospitals. These medical tourists generate approximately 33 billion baht (around USD $850 million) in revenue for Thailand's hospitals each year. The hospitals most popular with expatriates and medical tourists are Bumrungrad Hospital, Bangkok General Hospital, Samitivej Hospital, and Bangkok Nursing Home Hospital. Bumrungrad Hospital alone treats more than 400,000 foreigners every year.
Emergency ambulances in Thailand are different from those operated in the West. For the most part, ambulances are used to transport patients from one hospital facility to another. In addition, emergency telephone numbers are generally useless to foreigners unless they can speak Thai. If an ambulance is needed, the Tourist Police is the department to notify.
Dengue fever has been a problem in Thailand in the past. In 2006 and 2007, the number of Dengue fever cases increased dramatically. The rainy season that runs from May to October is the time Dengue fever is most prevalent. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) is a potential threat to public health in Thailand (some of the few human fatalities from Avian Flu have occurred in the Thailand). Health officials recommend visitors avoid live animal markets and ensure any poultry products are cooked thoroughly. HIV/AIDS is also a problem in Thailand with 1.5% of population infected with disease.
Before traveling to Thailand, it is essential to obtain international medical insurance coverage. We here at International Health Insurance can advise you in choosing the most suitable insurance coverage for you and your family. Your international medical insurance will travel with you, so whether you move on to another country or return to your home country, you will always be covered. Our advisors have years of experience assisting expatriates and travelers alike, so contact us today to learn more about the comprehensive insurance plan that is right for you. Alternatively, you can fill out our quote form for a free direct quotation.