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The following is an article in The Wall Street Journal, market watch section, ranking The world’s top 10 retirement havens. It’s ranking Thailand in the 9 th. spot, based on cost of living and environment.But those are not all there is to consider. The standard and expenses of Medical and Health Care services need to put into account. We are strongly believed if that is put into consideration, Thailand can offer you a lot more than others can.
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No.9. Thailand. As with Malaysia, it can be fairly inexpensive to live in Thailand. According to International Living, you can live comfortably for less than $1,000 a month on a powder-sand beach in Thailand. In fact, it’s likely you could find “really nice, liveable place just about anywhere in the country” for about $500 a month. As with Malaysia, you’ll find plenty of locals happy to practice their English with you; so integration shouldn’t be too much of an issue. And, for excitement, what could top Bangkok? “If variety is the spice of retired life, than Paris, Panama City, the expat communities of Mexico, Medellin in Colombia, and Bangkok, Thailand, should be top of your list,” International Living researchers said.

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6 Reasons for making Thailand your Medical Tourism destination. For more information,please, vist http://www.thailandmedicaltourismcluster.org.

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MEDIHCARE stands for Most Exotic Destinations In Health Care. A medical tourism portal designed in order to provide our readers general information which they can use in making a more informed decision in relation to the medical treatment they seek in Thailand.

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Virtually unknown until just a few years ago, the terms ‘medical tourism’ and ‘dental tourism’ are rapidly becoming familiar to most households in many first-world countries. The describe the increasingly popular practice of travelling to another country to obtain health care.

Some have said that medical tourism first emerged in ancient Greece, where people travelled from afar to seek treatment by the father of medicine, Herodotus. More recently, in the 20th century wealthy patients from developing countries would travel to first-world countries such as the USA or Germany for treatment.

However, nowadays the term ‘medical tourism’ is exclusively associated with patients travelling to “less developed” countries, such as Thailand, India, Hungary, Costa Rica, etc., which offer not just low-cost and high-quality treatment but also the opportunity of combining it with a holiday in a popular tourist destination.

Factors that have contributed to the growth of medical tourism include:

·        The development in recent years by less-developed countries of high-quality, cutting-edge health care service industries, with many doctors trained overseas;

·        Medical facilities have been built that match or even surpass in quality some “western” hospitals and health centres;

·        And all this comes at a cost often several times lower than the typical “western” cost of medical treatment;

·        On the demand side, patients from industrialized countries often face long waiting lists and high treatment costs. Aging population there needs increasingly more health care, and increased life expectation has added to the demand for health care;

·        The advance of the Internet has made acquiring information and making contacts with overseas hospitals easy, and competition in the airline industry has brought down the cost of travel.

The main point is that the quality of dental treatment in Thailand and other “less-developed” countries is not only comparable to, but in some case more advanced than, what is on offer in some industrialized countries. This is due to the fact that most facilities have been built only in recent years, and that governments and private sector have invested heavily in both hardware and health education and training.

Yet another point not to be ignored is the cost of treatment. Depending on the procedure, the cost in Thailand for most dental treatments can be 4-6 times lower than in West Europe, North America or Australia. These lower costs can be achieved mostly through lower cost of setting a practice, cheaper specialized education and training, lower cost of construction and real estate, and, crucially, our belief that doctors are there to serve patients and not to bankrupt them.

Rather than undergo a prolonged treatment in your country for which you pay a small (and sometimes not so small) fortune, why not save some of the cost and still be able to pay not only for the treatment but also for a week or two of a tropical vacation for yourself and your family. Indeed, just coming to have one dental bridge made in Thailand will give you enough savings to pay for a 2-week vacation of a family of four (airfare and decent accommodation included).

Copy from Dental Sea Clinic, Phuket, Thailand,  for detail visit: http://www.thailandmedicaltourismcluster.org, http://www.dentalseaclinic.com

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This is the interesting news about Medical Tourism.

Do you own research look at http://www.thailandmedicaltourismcluster.org

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Thailand Boosts Medical Tourism Industry

In the light of the recent political crisis that has affected the country’s tourism sector, Thailand seeks to promote itself as a leading destination for medical tourism.

Over the past ten years, the Land of Smiles has been one of Asia’s hotspots for medical tourism, with its leading hospitals known for offering a high standard of healthcare at a reasonable cost. The number of foreigners visiting Thailand for treatment has increased significantly. Bangkok remains the leading destination for medical tourism, with Phuket becoming the second preferred destination for treatment in terms of patient volume.

According to the Department of Health, around 1.5 million foreign patients has sought treatment in the country last year, as compared with a mere 630,000 patients in 2004. The growing popularity of traditional Thai and alternative medicine has also contributed to the country’s renown for medical tourism.

According to public health minister Jurin Laksanavisit, the initiative to revive the growing sector would require a significant amount of support from the Tourism Authority of Thailand. “We are planning to do a series of roadshows that will restore the interest of foreign patients as well as their confidence in going to Thailand for getting treatment,” he reveals. Laksanavisit further added that the opinion of stakeholders in the health care industry would be very important at this point to create a successful campaign for the industry’s revival.

A series of marketing initiatives under the slogan “Together We Can” has been launched recently to help recoup the losses of the tourism sector. The Medical Tourism Cluster (MTC) was also formed as an alliance of businesses that would offer a wide range of medical services in the country. The group will be working closely with overseas partners to help promote the new healthcare campaigns and promotions.

However, these ideas are met with opposition as some people believe that roadshows are not enough to restore faith in Thailand’s medical tourism industry. Suraphon Svetasreni of the Tourism Authority of Thailand asserts that before these efforts, Thailand must first seek to rebuild its links with other Asian markets. “We must be able to capture the confidence of prospects in China, Hong Kong, and Japan, as these are our dynamic target markets in the region,” he declares.

By Thailand.TV on 03-Jul-10 10:48.

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