Medical treatment in Thailand

Medical treatment in Thailand

Thailand is not only a major tourism destination in the world but also one of the most popular countries for medical tourism. More than a million foreigners travel to Thailand every year to get medical and surgical procedures done.
Healthcare in Thailand is largely driven by private hospitals. Thailand healthcare has many advantages over its Asian neighbors when it comes to medical tourism. Interestingly Thailand has the largest private hospital in Southeast Asia and also the first hospital in Asia to get a JCI accreditation and ISO 9001 certification. There are lots of advantage getting a treatment in Thailand.

  1. Add a treatment while on holiday for just a fraction of the price

Routine procedures such as health check-ups, colonoscopies or physical therapy are dramatically cheaper when compared to western countries such as the US, and still clearly cheaper than many other places in the world (more about the price below). Plus, it is possible to arrange simple procedures with an Out-Patient Visit so it need not take much time away from enjoying the rest of your holiday.

  1. Have surgery in one of the world’s best places to spend your recovery time

If you require more complicated surgery, Thailand still makes a popular place to receive treatment as you have some of the world’s finest beach resorts such as Phuket and Koh Samui on your doorstep. If you had the choice of a miserable winter spent recuperating or relaxing by the pool in 30+ degrees heat, which would you choose?

  1. Short waiting times, even for extensive surgeries

Waiting times are notoriously long in many countries, with simple steps such as an MRI scan sometimes taking as long as a month to arrange. Not in Bangkok, where physical examinations can be done on the same day as admittance into hospital and surgery can be done in as little as three days. Of course, you would need to have sent your medical records and details in advance but if speed is a factor, Bangkok is a great place for treatment.

  1. The Price

When it comes to your health, the price should never be your first concern; however, no one likes to waste money. The lower cost of like-for-like treatments in Bangkok versus most western countries is certainly one of the main factors that keeps it so popular. Exact costs are difficult to provide because each person’s needs are unique, but a general rule is that treatment is 30% cheaper than in Europe and 70% cheaper than the US.

  1. Highly Experienced Doctors with international experience

It is very common for Thai doctors to study abroad where they will acquire new skills and witness the different approaches to medicine in places like the US, Germany or Japan. When they return to work in hospitals in Thailand, their combined international experience and added skills ensure Thailand is at the forefront of medical techniques and innovation.

  1. Top Bangkok hospitals are like luxury hotels

Forget everything you know of dull hospitals with strip lights and an overbearing smell of bleach. In Bangkok hospitals the décor is as fancy as top-end hotels, with grand chandeliers, a choice of restaurants and sometimes even live pianists performing for the waiting room. It certainly helps to calm any anxieties patients may be feeling and makes for a far better experience for visiting loved ones.

  1. Dentistry

As one of the most popular treatments in Bangkok, dentistry is an area of medicine many people want to know more about. At BNH (and many other top medical establishments), doctors prefer to do all the follow-up work personally meaning you may need several hospital visits over the space of several weeks. The good news is you can expect to pay only half of what dentistry would cost in many western countries.

  1. Insurance companies may consider covering your treatment and flight

This is an interesting option for anyone with medical insurance. Even though you aren’t based in Thailand, insurance companies may consider covering your treatment, flights and stay here providing it does not work out more expensive than treatment in your country of residence. Expats who are living elsewhere in Asia are the most common type of patient who is offered this choice but it is worth checking with your health insurance provider to see if you are eligible.

  1. Spine and Orthopedic

BNH Hospital specialises in orthopaedic and spine treatment, including Paediatric, Hand & Microsurgery, Foot and Ankle, Arthroscopy & Sport Medicine, Arthroplasty, and Spinal Surgery. All surgeons and professors come from Chulalongkorn Hospital (Thailand’s most prestigious university). All spine surgery is done by a team including an orthopaedist, a neurosurgeon, a cardiologist, an anaesthetist and a pain specialist. The team has been working together for many years and their complication rate is very low. Furthermore, the nursing team is experienced and attentive.

  1. Advanced/Cutting-Edge Technology

As of 2016, Bangkok had more than 20 Joint Commission International (JCI) accredited hospitals, which is widely considered the international benchmark for the quality of a hospital. This accreditation is only possible if a hospital is offering the latest advances in surgery and treatment. For example, BNH offers a 4-D Mammography which can detect cancerous tissue far earlier than ever before, and a Cath lab for physically examining patients with heart symptoms.


Being an expat? No problem

Being an expat? No problem

For years I’ve live in Moscow and I had never gone abroad before. This is the first time I’ll be a real expat, such a great feeling I must say. The first time when I went to Thailand it was so hot and warm there. There’s no snow or ice. I was so happy because at last I didn’t snow. In Moscow it’s so cold there and the weather is very different.
But I’m okay actually. I didn’t feel any cold wind anymore. It’s better for me. About the food of course is delicious. Most travelers from the US or Europe usually can’t eat tropical food because it has different taste. When I ate there it feels strange. Only a few that was I interested in. But of course there are some food that’s like in Europe like burger, steak, and others.

As time goes on when I live in Thailand, I already get used to the food there. I already feel the taste of this tropical food and realize the pleasure of eating it. And it goes the same with Bali food. In Bali there are more lots of food that I can eat cause in Bali there’s a lot foreigner there. But still there are some veggie that I didn’t like to eat though.
Besides the food, the language of Thailand. I am not going lie it’s so strange and difficult. They didn’t use letter like ABCD in English (well it does the same with Russian). Their language is strange but actually most of Thai people can speak English (not that fluent but it’s enough for me). And in Bali they mostly use English and use Indonesian only if they talking from an Indonesian to people to another Indonesian people.

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Choosing insurance

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Finding insurance

Finding insurance

Finding an insurance is no easy task to do. When I was still in Thailand it was hard to find one that can fulfill what I wanted. When I was looking for one, a friend of mine offered to help out. I was lucky that this local friend already worked in an international environment, otherwise it would be hard for me to communicate with him.

I gave him the criteria for finding a good international health insurance. As I already was planning to travel around, my health insurance should be able to cover all areas and especially all countries I would like to visit to.

After going through lots of insurance companies some started to pop up with good reviews and nice testimonials from users. We contacted them and more information was being send our way, we agreed upon the conditions, signed the contract and that part was taken care off. I was now free of any hassle if my health was going to be in any risk. Think about the medical check ups and more. If you are not good at finding any like I, try to ask your friends. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, same goes for the insurance agencies you are asking, just ask them questions, that’s why they are there.


Keeping a healthy body

Keeping a healthy body

People might not consider diving the sporting world’s most demanding endeavor. But divers know how heavy and tiring strong currents, cold water and other challenging conditions can be. So no wonder that more of us are incorporating fitness into our dive training. So how do we improve our health?

Proper Nutrition

Everyone have the different needs of energy in their life. It depend on just how much the body need it and the activity they do Just about every athlete acknowledges that proper nutrition is vital to an athletic career. But knowing what to eat and actually eating a balanced diet are two separate things.

A balanced diet differs depending on the amount of exertion you have in your daily life. For an athlete whose sport is moderately fatiguing (diver), it is recommended that 40 percent of your calories come from carbohydrates, 30 percent from fat and 30 percent from protein. It’s all about your health.

Hydrate

It is important for all athletes to drink enough water.
When brain sends signalsto your body alerting thirst only after an extended period of dehydration. So if you feel like you need a long swig of water, it’s probably too late. That’s why it is important to drink fluids as a matter of routine throughout the day, before you feel thirsty. Dehydration causes not only muscle weakness, but also contributes to mental weakness. When you sweat you lose not only water, but also important minerals in your body. Replenishing those essentials is important for overall health. While divers might not sweat a lot, they do exert enough to make hydration a priority.

Sleep

Most people need at least seven to eight hours of sleep a night, but athletes need even more if they want to feel and perform their best. Sleep is when your body repairs itself. Without it, you are more prone to injuries, fatigue, and those subtle slip-ups that can make or break a diving routine.

Exercise

Take every opportunity to raise your heart rate by running, jumping rope, or jumping on the trampoline. Your heart is a muscle and, just as every other muscle in your body, it needs exercise to get stronger.

Cardiovascular activities improve a diver’s strength, energy and timing. The fitter you are the better diver you will become.

Protection Against the Elements

Although it is impossible to protect yourself from all environmental hazards, there is one that divers absolutely can and must protect themselves against: The sun.

Although it is true that the sun provides vitamin D and gives some people that beautiful tan, it can also cause scarring burns and skin cancer.

Protect yourself by wearing a level 15 or higher sunscreen anytime you are out in the sun. Your skin is the largest organ of your body — it is important to protect it.

Leading a healthy life does not require following strict guidelines. It really is a matter of balancing your life with activity, recovery, and nutritious foods that properly fuel your body. If you work at eating right, getting enough sleep, and protecting yourself from the harmful rays of the sun, you will enjoy the benefits for years to come.