Sananwan Palace and MyView Apartments offer accommodation close to several leading hospitals in the metropolitan Bangkok area, it is even cheaper to stay with us than in the hospital.
You can recover from your medical or dental procedures in our air conditioned rooms. We can arrange transportation to and from the medical facility, take care of you while you recover. Room service is offered, serving western or Thai foods. You can kick back, watch TV with the air con on and recover without being kept awake in a noisy hospital.
Most insurance companies cannot move on from the
physical life threatening to the psychological need, and thus, they won’t agree
to pay for a patient’s elective surgery, although they would in fact benefit
from medicine’s purpose, in having their standard of life enhanced.
Medical tourism also facilitates people's access to a wider range of surgeries such as dental and cosmetic dentistry, orthopedic surgeries such as hip and knee replacement or outpatient laser eye surgeries. All of these under the careful supervision of leading doctors in their countries.
Medical tourism has been a growing segment of Thailand's tourism and health-care sectors. In 2005, one Bangkok hospital took in 150,000 treatment seekers from abroad. In 2006, medical tourism was projected to earn the country 36.4 billion baht.
Treatments for medical tourists in Thailand range from cosmetic, organ transplants, cardiac, and orthopaedic treatments to dental and cardiac surgeries. Treatments also include spa, physical and mental therapies. One patient who had coronary artery bypass surgery at Bumrungrad International hospital in Bangkok said the operation cost him US $12,000 (8,200 euros), as opposed to the $100,000 (68,000 euros) he estimated the operation would have cost him at home. Bumrungrad treated approximately 55,000 American patients in 2005 alone, a 30% increase from the previous year.
Hospitals in Thailand are a popular destination for other Asians. Bangkok Hospital, which caters to medical tourists, has a Japanese wing, and Phyathai Hospitals Group has interpreters for over 22 languages, besides the English-speaking medical staff. When Nepal Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala needed medical care in 2006, he went to Bangkok.
Many Thai physicians hold US or UK professional certification. Bumrungrad International hospital states that many of its doctors and staff are trained in the UK, Europe and the US. Bumrungrad International was accredited most recently in 2005 by the Joint Commission. Some of the country’s major hospitals have also achieved certification by the International Organization for Standardization’s ISO 9001:2000. However, ISO 2000 is not an accreditation scheme.
The World Health Organization's 2000 ranking put the Thai healthcare system at number 47, below the USA's ranking at 37 and the United Kingdom's ranking at 18.
Thailand has all but established itself as king of the castle when it comes to international medical tourism. The affordable prices combined with high levels of quality care in a country rich in culture, natural beauty and amazing food all combine to make Thailand the first choice for many seeking medical treatment abroad. In fact, Thailand is one of the world’s preferred destinations for all types of treatment including medical, cosmetic and dental procedures.
Pros: Thailand stands as one of the world’s top tourism destinations, which means the country is long accustomed to receiving foreign travelers. In the big cities, English is understood, especially at private clinics that will interest tourists looking for treatment. The cost of a flight ticket, food and accommodation and the procedure itself can add up to less than the price of a procedure in North America. Throw in the fact that Thailand has much to offer as a regular tourist spot, this Southeast Asian country is set to remain a favorite medical tourism destination for a long time to come.
Cons: While most medical practitioners in Thailand are experienced and well-qualified, there are some doctors whose reputations can be less than ideal. Medical tourists should shop around to make sure they’re getting the best treatment possible and that the price is not the only consideration. Thailand and the rest of Southeast Asia experiences three distinct seasons, and it is important to choose the right time to come. The rainy season can be unpleasant at times, with hard downpours that regularly flood the streets of cities. The summer season can see temperatures reach uncomfortable levels along with debilitating humidity and pollution.
Medical Tourism in Thailand
Thailand is a world leader in the medical tourism industry and the country’s private hospitals and clinics are able to perform all kinds of surgeries from heart procedures to hip and joint replacements and recuperative operations after injury. Bangkok has several hospitals that are used to receiving foreign patients, and the number of hospitals means that it’s easy to get a second opinion and find a doctor you’re comfortable with before gong under the knife.
Thailand Cosmetic surgery
Thailand’s cosmetic surgeons have profited from Thailand’s reputation for medical tourism. The prices for elective surgery can be a fraction of what they would be in the west, with the quality level being consistently high. While common procedures such as face lifts, tummy tucks and breast augmentation are widely available, Thailand is also a world specialist in sex reassignment surgery. Procedures of this nature include facial feminization surgery and vaginoplasty.
Thailand Dental tourism
Thailand is known for its masterful dentists. Many North Americas make up to three trips over the period of a year to receive extended dental surgery, and still come out saving significant amounts of money. The dental equipment used in Thailand is on par with some of the best in the world, and the dentists are very well trained. Procedures available include crowns, dentures, laser teeth whitening and bridges.
Thailand Alternative medicine
The Thais have long been practicing alternative medicine and many practitioners using herbal medicines and holistic approaches are available. This sector is beginning to attract foreign attention, particularly the country’s wellness retreats, yoga workshops and chiropractic treatments.
Thailand Health spas
The spa industry is big business in Thailand. Thais and foreigners alike take advantage of the many spas in the cities, where saunas, steam baths and every kind of massage are available for much less than the going rate in the west. Spas here are well suited to catering to international tourists and cost-saving packages are available at every establishment