Affordable Surgery Abroad & Medical Tourism Packages Overseas at a Premier Tourist Destination
The focus of “Medical-Tourism-in-Thailand.COM” is to inform you and other medical tourists seeking affordable surgery abroad that Bangkok, Thailand is your destination of choice for many elective surgeries. We can also provide medical escort and concierge services if you decide to come and want our help. We do not mark up the medical care, surgeries or dental care we recommend. Except for highly specialized procedures that may not be listed, we quote from price lists published by the hospitals and doctors or from quotes they provide to us. Ask them or ask us, the price of any particular surgery will be the same always.
Medical tourism in Thailand is a great idea because “The Land of Smiles” is already one of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet. You probably already know Thai food is great and have heard that Thailand is a fantastic place to vacation. But did you know:
- many Thai doctors are American Board Certified and a number are Australian Board certified as well?
- the quality of health care available in Thailand rivals the best of the USA and Europe?
- the direct flight from New York City to Bangkok takes only 16 hours?
- you can get your surgery or medical treatment in Thailand for 70%, 80%, even 90% LESS that at home?
- many Thai doctors have studied and trained and practiced medicine at:
- Cleveland Clinic
- Mayo Clinic
- Johns Hopkins
- Columbia; and
- Roswell Park Cancer Institute, to name a few.
Tired of listening to the claims "America has the best health care in the world" when it's really only the most expensive health care in the world? Consider medical tourism. If you cannot afford the Cleveland Clinic but need that quality, medical tourism in Thailand is the solution. Would treatment at the Mayo Clinic break the bank? Medical tourism in Thailand is a viable alternative. Got a lot of respect for the medicine of Johns Hopkins, Harvard & Columbia University but don't have the deep pockets or comprehensive health insurance required? Thailand medical tourism gives you doctors trained at all those places but now providing treatment and services in clean, hygienic, ultra-modern, medical skyscrapers in Bangkok — for just 15 cents on the dollar.
Concerned about “accreditation” or “certification”? Good. All Thai hospitals must be licensed by the Thailand Ministry of Health. All Thai doctors must have medical licenses. Many are licensed by the medical associations of two or more countries, including the USA. Thailand has it’s own Medical Council which is the equivalent of the American Medical Association (AMA).
Many Thai hospitals have already achieved the International Standards Organization's ISO 9001:2000 accreditation. Leading hospitals have their own quality assurance department which regularly audits the health care facility & it's other departments.
At least one Thai hospital has accreditation from the international division of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), a private, nonprofit organization that is the primary inspector of hospitals, nursing homes, and other medical institutions in the USA.
But before you get too impressed by JCAHO accreditation or give it more importance than it may deserve, you should read the Boston Globe newspaper report of 17 March 2007 about how Massachusetts General Hospital failed a JC inspection because of “a series of issues raised by the inspectors” including:
- staff neglecting to wash their hands before and after caring for patients;
- medical records lacking dates and times;
- caregivers failing to record whether patients on pain medication experienced less pain; and
- staff failing to ask some patients about the medications they were taking before being hospitalized to ensure they would not be given drugs or treatments in the hospital that could cause a bad reaction.
Massachusetts General Hospital appealed the findings of the inspectors and made “improvements”. A second inspection found the hospital still "out of compliance in 10 areas" but the Joint Commission gave the hospital full accreditation anyway.
Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of health research for Public Citizen (founded by Ralph Nader) says: “... inspections of hospitals and accreditation of them is too important to be left to a private sector organization that continues to be dominated by the industry.” So don't just look for JCI accreditation. ISO accreditation is the direction things are headed in America and Europe.
We also refer to this news story because it shows you many of the good reasons to carefully consider medical tourism in Thailand:
- High-quality health care in the USA is available only to the rich, the powerful and the influential. Most Americans get the level of health care you see on the “ER” TV series. Medical tourism in Thailand gives you the top-quality care you and your loved ones deserve at a price many people can afford.
- The quality and cleanliness of Thai hospitals and the quality of the health care they provide is quite good and probably much, much higher than you imagine. Service is fast, courteous, and competent. At many private Thai hospitals there’s no waiting to see a doctor — even a specialist.
- You are likely to find you save so much money that you can afford to also get all the dental work you need.
- And you can recover in the peace and quiet of a beautiful, friendly, luxurious, affordable tropical resort where you can stay three days and nights with free broadband Internet access and "all-you-can-eat" buffet breakfasts for the cost of a single filling for a tooth in the USA.