Why We Consider Thailand For Medical Tourism

Thailand is synonymous with its breath-taking coastal surroundings and the beautiful Buddhist temples that offer a picture of serenity and spirituality to many. Thailand is renowned for its luxurious spas and wellness resorts, and the Thai hospitality.

The first JCI accredited hospital in Asia was from Thailand and today Thailand has fifteen accredited hospitals. State of the art facilities, US board certified specialists who are experts in their domains and the huge cost savings makes Thailand a popular medical tourism destination.

The major specialities catered to by the Thailand hospitals include cosmetic surgery, transgender procedures, orthopaedics, cardiology, IVF/reproductive medicine, spine surgery, and dentistry.

Thailand’s is well reputed for its dental treatments and cosmetic dental makeover packages amongst other treatments using state of the art technology earning it the eponym of the ‘Land of Smiles’. Hospitals boast the latest technology, and are equipped with language translators and exclusive international wings to cater to foreign patients.

The official language is Thai but English is widely spoken in cities and tourist areas. Thailand’s tropical climate is hot and humid, but there are regional and seasonal temperature variations.

Key strengths of Thailand for Medical Tourism

  1. The lowest cost in the world for medical treatment
  2. JCI accredited world class medical facilities with latest technology
  3. Highly trained medical practitioners with this international experience
  4. Hospitable treatment engrained in them willing to go the extra mile
  5. Alternative treatments like therapeutic massages exclusively in Thailand
  6. Private hospital that can offer more than 34 specialties in one facility
  7. Easy visa processing/allowance for Visa exemptions for many countries
  8. One of the best tourist destinations in the world
  9. Easy access international airlines with daily flights from everywhere

Information for Travelers to Thailand

       
Capital and largest city: Bangkok
Other large cities: Nonthaburi; Nakhon Ratchasima; Chiang Mai
Monetary unit: Baht
Exchange rate: USD 1 = Baht 32.82
Languages: Thai (official) 90.7%, Burmese 1.3%, Other 8%, English (secondary language of the elite).
International Dialling Code: + 66
Electric Plug Types:
Type A Type B Type C Type F
2 pins 3 pins 2 pins 2 pins
not grounded grounded not grounded grounded
15 A 15 A 2.5 A 16 A
almost always 100 – 127 V almost always 100 – 127 V almost always 220 – 240 V 220 – 240 V
socket compatible with plug type A socket compatible with plug types A & B socket compatible with plug type C socket compatible with plug types C, E & F

Health Insurance

Pacific Prime

Website: https://www.pacificprime.com/

Travel insurance

Travel insurance plans are designed to provide travelers and expats with short-term health coverage (usually one week to one year) while they are outside of their home country. If there is a medical emergency, the plan will cover medical care with the goal of seeing you repatriated to your home country.

It is important to note here that the vast majority of travel insurance plans need to be secured before you leave your home country. If you are currently living in Thailand, you will not be able to secure a travel insurance plan that covers care in Thailand.

Social insurance

Like many other countries in the region, Thailand has a worker and employer funded social security system in place that offers a wide range of modest benefits, including health care coverage, to all residents in Thailand. By law, every person employed in the country, including expats, are required to contribute 5% of their monthly income to cover the social security system.

Of this 5%, 1.5% is directed to medical coverage, which is then matched by both employers and the government. This in turn, allows all residents who have contributed for more than 3 out of 15 months access to free medical coverage at specific hospitals.

If you are employed and have met the contribution requirements, you will be issued a social insurance card that with an assigned hospital at which you can receive medical care - the procedure, prescribed medication, and care will be covered but extras like food, entertainment, etc. are not covered.

While this system is beneficial, it is not usually ideal for many expats, especially those who have recently moved to Thailand. The reason being that the majority of the hospitals in the social security network have few staff who can speak English at a high enough level to understand and deliver care. This makes receiving care at these locations incredibly tough for many expats.

International insurance

Many expats in Thailand prefer to take out international health insurance plans. These plans, offered by international insurers based around the world, provide the highest level of coverage out of any type of plan available in Thailand.

If you plan on returning home for medical care or visiting the international/luxury hospitals in Bangkok, it would be beneficial to secure an international plan. Aside from medical coverage, many international medical insurance plans also offer the ability to cover dental and optical along with wellness benefits, including health checkups.

One of the most advantageous benefits of international health insurance plans is the fact that many providers have a large network of health care providers in almost every country. This means that you can easily find quality health care that will be covered by your plan regardless of your location.

Simplifying Health Insurance

Pacific Prime is an insurance advisor that offers local insurance solutions and a wide range of health plans and cover for individuals and families.

We provide free quotations along with expert independent advice for clients in person, over the phone and on the internet.

We represent our clients' interests and offer unbiased and helpful advice so you can find the best insurance solutions.

Buy a plan from a health insurance company which is based and licensed in the country where you currently live or from an offshore provider.

Pacific Prime focuses on delivering both local and international health insurance solutions. One major advantage of local health insurance is that they are compliant with local regulations. Offshore health insurers offer the advantage of alternative solutions that may not be locally available and can come from specialist health insurance companies. However, they can be less well regulated and can expose policyholders to risk in the event of a dispute.

Airlines

Thai Airways

IATA-Code: TG | Website: http://www.thaiairways.com/

Thai Airways International was founded in 1960 as a joint venture between Thailand's domestic carrier, Thai Airways Company (TAC) and Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) with the Scandinavian carrier initially providing a 30% share capital of two million Baht. SAS also provided operations, managerial and marketing expertise, with training assistance aiming at building a fully independent national airline within the shortest possible time. Thai nationals, through training and experience, were gradually able to assume full managerial responsibility and the number of expatriate staff duly reduced until, in 1987, expatriates accounted for less than one percent of staff based in Thailand.

On April 1, 1977, after a 17 - year capital participation partnership with SAS, the Thai Government bought out SAS remaining 15 % holding and THAI became fully owned by the Thai people.

In 1960, flights were inaugurated from Bangkok to 9 overseas destinations all within the Asian region. Intercontinental services were launched in 1971, to Australia, followed by flights to Europe in 1972, and to North America in 1980.Thai Airways International growth was greatly accelerated on April 1, 1988 as a result of its merger with Thai Airways Company (TAC), the domestic airline, which raised the Company's share capital from 1,400 million to 2,230 million Baht . Under the Cabinet policy, as authorised by General Prem Tinsulanonda, Prime Minister at the time, Thai Airways International would be responsible for commercial aviation, both international and domestic. Thai Airways International can now rightfully be called Thailand's only national carrier. On June 25, 1991, Thailand Cabinet approved a resolution enabling THAI to list its shares on the Stock Exchange of Thailand.

The listing of THAI shares was commenced on July 19, 1991. By converting retained earnings into capital and increased its share capital upon the Cabinet approval, THAI registered share capital has risen from Baht 2,230 million to a total of Baht 14,000 million. This has made the total amount of THAI share listing to be the largest in the history of SET. Moreover, THAI public offering of shares is the single largest one ever undertaken in Thailand.

The main purposes in listing on the SET and offering shares to the public are to obtain the additional funds needed in keeping the airline competitive edge in the international market and to allow member of the general public and THAI employees to become shareholders in this national flag carrier of Thailand.On November 20-21, 2003. THAI offered for sale the Company's 442.75 million ordinary shares, comprising 285 million capital increase ordinary shares and 157.75 million existing ordinary shares held by the Ministry of Finance upon the Cabinet approval.Proceeds generated by the sales will be used as investment in the Suvarnabhumi Airport project, and for upgrading inflight services ranging from passenger seats to other amenities. Since September 2004, the company has sold THAI shares to its employee through the Employee Securities Option Plan (ESOP) in a total of 13,896,150 shares at 15 Baht per share. The company will continue to sell its shares to those employee who are holding the warrants until the end of the plan in April 2007.On September 2010, THAI announced today its plan to make Public Offering of no more than 1,000 million newly issued shares with.

Asia Atlantic Airlines

IATA-Code: HB | Website: http://www.asiaatlanticairlines.com/

Asia Atlantic Airlines is a dynamic new force in Asia’s airline industry.

Led by passionate, global-minded individuals with decades of airline and tour operator experience, our vision is to leverage the region’s rapidly growing outbound market and become a leader in the leisure airline sector.

Strategically located in Bangkok, our fleet of Boeing 767 aircraft serves passengers travelling between Thailand and Japan, China, through Bangkok Suvarnabhumi

Committed to the very highest levels of safety, security and dependability, our vision is to be a dynamic force in Asia's aviation sector and the airline partner of choice for leading tour operators, travel agents and their customers around the world.

Asia Atlantic Airlines benefits from the financial backing and support of Japanese travel agent H.I.S., its Thai subsidiary H.I.S. Tours Company, and prominent Thai hotelier Mr. Panlert Baiyoke, Founder of Baiyoke Group.

One of the largest and most respected travel companies in Japan, H.I.S. was founded as International Tours Co., Ltd. in 1980 by Hideo Sawada. Initially offering discount airline tickets, H.I.S. quickly expanded to include budget travel packages with the aim of opening up the enjoyment of overseas travel to a wider number of people.

Today, H.I.S. has grown into a comprehensive travel company providing a wide range of products and services, encompassing overseas business trips, group tours and the sale of original H.I.S. package tours. Each year it serves the travel needs of over 1.5 million customers. Its network consists of 295 retail stores in Japan and 66 countries, 141 cities, 232 branches around the world.

Thai AirAsia

IATA-Code: FD | Website: http://www.airasia.com

AirAsia was established in 1993 and began operations on 18 November 1996. It was founded by a government-owned conglomerate, DRB-HICOM. On 2 December 2001, the heavily indebted airline was bought by former Time Warner executive Tony Fernandes' company Tune Air Sdn Bhd for the token sum of one ringgit (about US$0.26 at the time) with US$11 million (MYR 40 million) worth of debts.[8] Fernandes turned the company around, producing a profit in 2002 and launching new routes from its hub in Kuala Lumpur, undercutting former monopoly operator Malaysia Airlines with promotional fares as low as MYR 1 (US$0.27). In 2003, AirAsia opened a second hub at Senai International Airport in Johor Bahru near Singapore and launched its first international flight to Bangkok.

In February 2013, AirAsia submitted an application to the Indian Foreign Investment Promotion Board, through its investment arm, AirAsia Investment Limited, to seek approval for commencing its operations in India. AirAsia asked to take a 49% stake in the Indian sister airline, which was the maximum allowed by the Indian government at that time. AirAsia committed to invest up to US$50 million in the new airline. Operations would begin in Chennai, expanding its network throughout South India, where AirAsia already operates flights from Malaysia and Thailand.

AirAsia X Berhad

AirAsia X is the long-haul, low-cost affiliate carrier of the AirAsia Group that currently flies to destinations in the Asia Pacific region and beyond. The airline currently serves 23 destinations across Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East and Africa. AirAsia X operates a core fleet of 30 A330-300s. The airline has carried over 19 million guests since it commenced long-haul service in 2007. AirAsia X was awarded World's Best Low Cost Airline Premium Cabin and Best Low Cost Airline Premium Seat at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards for four consecutive years from 2013 to 2016

AirAsia Group planning to expand Southeast Asia fleet by 13% again in 2018

The AirAsia Group is planning to grow its fleet another 17% in 2018, to 239 aircraft, according to the latest version of its fleet plan. In Southeast Asia, the AirAsia Group fleet is expected to expand by 13% again, to 211 aircraft.

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