Sometimes it's not practical or there is not enough time to get health services in Thailand and you need someone closer to home — or Thailand is simply NOT a good choice.
Medical tourism means health professionals within the United States and other countries are being compelled to perform better and at more affordable rates.
Many medical professionals and health care providers around the world ask us to consider referring you to them.
You may still need to travel to get to these health care professionals and they may cost more than similar services in Thailand.
But the US$1,000 you would have to pay for airfare to Bangkok needs to be added to the cost of the medical treatment when comparing costs and evaluating savings.
We really look at all the external sites we mention on our site and accept only ones we consider worthwhile.
We reject most requests to be mentioned on Medical-Tourism-in-Thailand.COM.
When using any of this medical care and health information, we have 20 questions to help you do your own due diligence in addition to having realistic goals and understanding the benefits as well as limitations of surgery.
The Due Diligence 20 Questions
- Is the doctor a veteran at what he is offering?
- Is the medical professional known for achieving a high level of patient satisfaction?
- How often does the health professional perform the surgery?
- Is the artistic talent and surgical craftsmanship of the surgeon clearly evident when relevant?
- Are the surgical techniques proven to get the best results possible — or are they ones that take less time, are easier on the surgeon, and generate more profit?
- How does the total price compare with the total price of getting it done in Thailand?
- How much are you paying for the interior decorating and expensive location of the medical facility? (In Bangkok, some expensively decorated hospitals cost as much as a hospital in the USA.)
- Are a reasonable number of before and after photos of past patients available online? If not, how many sets of photos will be provided to you during your face-to-face consult with the doctor?
- Does the medical professional show up in a search of Google Scholar for having published notable work in reputable peer-review journals?
- Does the doctor clearly provide information about his years of experience, certification, accreditation?
- Is he/she a member of any reputable professional associations other than the mandatory ones needed to work legally?
- What is the rate of complications for the medical treatment from that person? (Complication rates for the same procedure vary greatly.)
- What particular variation of the procedure is the doctor going to do? (There can be a dozen different ways to do a procedure and they all bear the same procedural name.)
- Microsurgery? laparoscopic minimally invasive surgery? or old-school sharp scalpel? (A skillfully wielded scalpel can be better than a laser.)
- What is the average recovery time for the doctor's patients? (Number of days to recover from a particular procedure varies greatly from surgeon to surgeon. They are NOT all equal.)
- Are corrections or revisions free? (Some doctors just stop taking your calls — but you still have to keep making your payments.)
- What exactly is included in the fee of the health care provider and what exactly is NOT?
- If a “laser” is used, does it truly improve the results or is it merely used (a minimal amount) so the cool term can be used in the medical professional's marketing?
- Does the surgeon re-confirm your medical history, problems, prior surgery, current medications and examine existing scars when you meet him/her?
- Is the medical facility ISO 9001:2000 certified by the International Standards Organization or only by the industry-dominated Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations which STILL gives American hospitals accreditation even when “out of compliance in 10 areas”, such as lousy record keeping and not washing their hands before and after caring for patients?