The Land of Smiles is a leader in medical and wellness tourism

With global medical tourism growing by an estimated 25 percent a year, patients willing to travel are spoiled for choice when choosing the best destination for hospital and health services. Few countries can compete, however, with the Kingdom of Thailand.

Many among Thailand’s corps of medical professionals have been educated in the United States, Australia, Great Britain and other advanced nations, even as the Kingdom’s own top medical school at Mahidol University has emerged as the strongest institute of higher learning in the country. For those who want to know more about the quality of care in Thailand, patients can choose from 61 hospitals across the country that have received the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission International, the global leader in assessing standards at hospital worldwide.

“The largest private hospital in Southeast Asia, Bumrungrad is the unofficial leader of medical tourism in Thailand, itself the most popular destination for medical travellers in the world,’’ wrote Steve Finch on the U.S. National Institutes of Health website in 2014.

Patients receiving medical care in Thailand can expect tremendous savings compared to what they would pay in the West, especially in the U.S. Patients Beyond Borders, a U.S. patients’ advocacy group and source of consumer information about international medical and health travel, estimated average savings on medical costs of between 50 percent and 75 percent for American patients in Thailand.

But it takes more than just cost savings to make a country a top medical tourism destination. Among the attributes top destinations should have, according to Patients Beyond Borders, are a demonstrable commitment to international accreditation, quality and transparency of outcomes; sustained reputation for clinical excellence; successful adoption of best practices and state-of-the-art medical technology; availability of internationally-trained, experienced medical staff; and excellent tourism infrastructure.

Thailand scores high in all of those areas. And when it comes to bedside manner and a caring attitude, no country can compare to the Land of Smiles, as Thailand is known worldwide. Combine that with the technology, training and cost savings patients can find, and it’s no mystery why Thailand is a leader in medical tourism and healthcare.

For more information about the Thai hospitals and clinics, please visit the Joint Commission International Accredited Organizations in Thailand  and the Health Tourism to Thailand

Joint Commission International Medical Tourism Association World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress 

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