Medical Tourism in Phuket
A major concern for people in many western countries is the cost of health care. This is particularly true for things such as elective surgery which health insurance might not always cover. This is because such procedures are not viewed as vital to the individual’s health even though they may be important for that person’s well being. For most people their health insurance will only cover those treatments that are deemed necessary and anything else they will need to pay for out of their own pocket.
The cost of elective treatments can be prohibitively expensive in some western countries. This is why in recent years there has been a huge boom in an industry known as medical tourism. This is because people now realize that they can travel to other countries and receive quality treatment for a fraction of the amount they would pay in their home countries. This boom has seen Thailand develop into a hub for medical tourism. The standard of care provided in a private Thai hospital is high, and in some specialties (such as gender reassignment) they lead the world. This explains why so many people are now arriving in Phuket to receive medical treatments along with spending time on the beach and getting a tan. There are a number of hospitals on the island that offer high quality medical provision and one of them is Bangkok Hospital Phuket.
Bangkok Hospital Phuket
Bangkok Hospital Phuket has been open since 1995. It is part of a network of medical facilities known as the Bangkok Hospital Group. There are currently 27 hospitals in this chain, and this makes it the largest provider of private healthcare in Southeast Asia. As well as providing health care facilities in Thailand there are also overseas branches in Cambodia and Myanmar. The Bangkok Hospital Group prides itself on making the best use of modern medical technology and employing the top professionals. The hospital in Phuket employs over 1000 staff to ensure that everything runs smoothly. This facility was awarded hospital accreditation for the third year running in 2012 by the Healthcare Accreditation Institute – it is awarded for continued quality improvements.
Specialties at Bangkok Hospital Phuket
The specialties available at Bangkok Hospital Phuket include:
- Organ transplantation
- General surgery
- Minimally invasive surgery including laparoscopic surgery
- Cardiology including pediatrics Cardiology
- Pulmonology and pneumology
- Maxillofacial Surgery
- Sports medicine
- Plastic Surgery
- Mental health and psychiatry
- Vascular surgery
- Gynecology and obstetrics
- Infectious disease
- Internal Medicine
- Eye surgery
- Ear, nose, and throat (ENT)
The hospital also offers diagnostic and treatment services such as:
- Outpatient Pharmacy
- Hyperbaric Chamber
- Lithotripsy for breaking up kidney stones
- Laboratory services
- Scandinavian Orthopedic Laboratory
- Onsite Blood Bank
- Radiology and x-ray
- Mental health tests
Accommodation at Bangkok Hospital Phuket
The Bangkok Hospital Phuket offers standard private rooms and presidential suites. The standard room comes with air conditioning, cable TV on a LSD screen, intercom to speak to the nursing staff, safe for belongings, refrigerator and kettle. These rooms also come with free Wi-Fi. The presidential suites offer the same facilities as a 5 star hotel – as well as beautifully decorated sleeping quarters there is also a private room for entertaining guests. The presidential suite even comes with a private patio and garden.
Special Packages at Bangkok Hospital Phuket
The Bangkok Hospital Phuket offers a number of packages that tend to be popular with tourists and long-term visitors including:
- The Female health checkup includes a number of different options. The least expensive is the Value Gold II Program (5,500 THB) which includes most of the tests that females will require to determine their current health status.
- The Male health checkup also includes different programs for assessing current health status.
- Heart screening
- Vision screening
- Breast surgery packages including breast implant replacements.
- Cancer screening
- Diving medical check up
- Diabetes screening
- STD screening
- Pre-marital checkup
- Health care visa screening
- Pre-pregnancy checkup