Thailand leads the region in top-quality hospitals


Thailand now leads Southeast Asia in the number of hospitals with JCI accreditation – the top global standard for quality – and is fourth in the world, boosting its status as a leading medical tourism destination and as a model for public health among developing nations.

The Kingdom now has 66 hospitals that have achieved the accreditation, the most in the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and globally it trails only Saudi Arabia, China, and the United Arab Emirates.

The Joint Commission is a United States-based nonprofit organization that accredits more than 21,000 US health care organizations and programs. The international branch certifies medical services from around the world.

The Commission says that “JCI accreditation is considered the gold standard in global health care. JCI consultants are the most skilled and experienced in the industry.”

Thailand is already a preferred destination for people outside of the Kingdom who are seeking affordable, quality medical treatments and care. A priority concern for potential patients considering medical treatment in a foreign country is the quality of its doctors and hospitals.

JCI accreditation addresses those concerns and should increase the Kingdom’s stature and drawing power among potential patients and medical tourists across the globe.

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Yuthasak Supasorn announced the figures the “Amazing Thailand Health & Wellness Trade Meet 2019,” held at the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok.

Created to increase the Kingdom’s appeal as a medical tourism destination, the event drew 70 medical tour-buying agencies from 23 countries.

The trade fair “is designed to enable the invited buyers to come up to speed with the significant improvements in the quality of Thailand’s health and wellness facilities, services, and products, while Thai sellers get an opportunity to learn about new trends and market demands in various source markets,” Yuthasak said.