Thailand’s hospitals and clinics are like the five-star hotels of the medical industry. There are over 36 JCI internationally accredited hospitals in the country, boasting a wide range of doctors and specialists trained and certified abroad. Appointments are easy to come by, and the costs are affordable compared to the West. It’s no wonder overseas patients dropped US$3 billion into the Land of Smiles’ economy last year, making it the No 1 destination for medical tourism in the world.
Bumrungrad International Hospital
Bumrungrad International is Southeast Asia’s largest private hospital and Asia’s first JCI internationally approved hospital. Despite being a million-square-foot complex, it’s not hard to find your way around. Staff and personnel are warm and friendly, and stationed everywhere to help the 1.1 million annual visitors find their way.
There are 1,200 full-time and consulting physicians on staff, many of whom have been certified overseas in countries like Australia and Germany, making it Thailand’s most shining multi-speciality facility. There are over 38 speciality centres and clinics in total, including dental, cosmetic surgery, orthopaedics and more. After a recent US$12 million renovation, Bumrungrad is also home to facilities with a slick modern design and the latest technology, including image-guided radiotherapy used for treating cancer, advanced diagnostics and a variety of therapies.
BNH is one of Thailand’s most successful private hospitals and an important part of local history, starting out in 1898 as Bangkok’s first clinic for expats in a blossoming capital. It was among Southeast Asia’s first hospitals to offer a Western approach to medicine and remains one of the most popular choices for international and expat patients today.
Its recovery rooms are known for being luxurious, boasting sky-high city views and top amenities, from refrigerators to dining tables and satellite TV. The hospital also prides itself on being a facility of “family doctors”, where physicians really get to know their clients, from consultation to treatment and after-care. BNH is also particularly famous for its spine centre, the most comprehensive in all of Thailand, offering innovative treatments with mildly invasive, specialized equipment.
This upmarket hospital group has five hospitals and more than 20 outreach clinics across Thailand. It deals in a wide range of specialities, but it’s most famous for its neonatal and infant care, with Bangkok’s Samitivej International Children’s Hospital being Thailand’s only private children’s hospital.
It’s home to a renowned Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), both featuring the latest instruments in paediatric surgery technology. The Women’s Health Centre deals with birth plans, in-vitro fertilization and counselling. Certified by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as a mother and baby-friendly hospital, Samitivej is the perfect choice when it comes to family planning.
Yanhee Hospital is Thailand’s top facility for chasing beauty, offering a wide range of cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures, from facelifts to tummy tucks and breast implants. Its cosmetic surgeons are well known for skilful and delicate workmanship, completing makeovers from head to toe.
The best example are the sexual reassignment procedures performed here. These are among the most complex of any surgeries because of the high number of operations required. Yanhee also features an onsite cosmetic dental surgery and dental clinic and consultations in alternative medicine such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy and acupuncture.
Bangkok Hospital was one of Thailand’s first private medical institutions and is one of its largest private hospital networks today. It has 13 locations spread out around the country, in destinations like Phuket, Chiang Mai, Ko Samui, Hua Hin and Pattaya. With such convenient locations, it’s really the perfect choice for combining a beach or mountain holiday with medical treatment.
The hospital offers a range of transportation, from van to limousine, to pick up patients and whisk them away to relaxed and dreamy locations once they’ve been discharged. The hospital also offers a fast-track service, which includes a staff member to escort you swiftly through customs and immigration queues.