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This is a lovely little hospital and very high standard in Bangkok. At the price that you can effort.

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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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Bangkok holds health care lead

By Khin Myat
July 19 – 25, 2010
A staff member at Bangkok Hospital’s office in Yangon assists a patient. Pic: Khin Myat

A staff member at Bangkok Hospital’s office

BANGKOK is still the preferred destination for Myanmar seeking high-quality medical care abroad – but India is trying to close the gap.

Wealthy Myanmar with health problems have long sought treatment overseas, and Thailand has traditionally been the first port of call, followed by Singapore. Mr Ralf Krewer, international marketing manager for the Bangkok Hospital Medical Centre, told The Myanmar Times on June 24 that Myanmar is the third-largest market for its hospitals after the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. (more…)

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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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Medical tourism network gets underway

June 22, 2010 by TTRweekly Staff  
Filed under News

BANGKOK 22 June, 2010 – A medical tourism network to boost business in Thailand was introduced at a medical tourism seminar yesterday.

The Institute for Small and Medium Enterprises Development and Office of Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion were the key players behind the formation of the Medical Tourism Cluster, a business network that intends to recruit a wider range of tourism players who offer wellness and medical services in Thailand.

 

           Seminar on Medical Tourism Cluster (MTC) at Radison Hotel on June 21,2010 .

                    From Left: Mr. Opas Netaumpai, Mr. Prakit Chinamourphong, Doctor Artapan Pornmontharat-President of Thailand Medical Tourism Cluster, Mr. Sumatarat Sitabut, Dr. Pranee Sirijantapan, Ms. Suthikan Masamran, Mr. Surapol Sritrakul,Dr. Supapan Ponglorpisit

 

MTC hopes to position Thailand as a world-class health care provider and help its  members raise standards and improve business revenue. 

Medical tourism grows by an estimated 10% to 15% a year. Revenue from the sector reached an estimated Bt 360  billion last year with medical treatments alone accounting for around Bt 108 billion.

At the heart of the cluster’s business objectives is a network website http://www.Thailandmedicaltourismcluster.org which is still under construction( will finish around July 2010).

It will coordinate business contacts and sales leads between cluster members and overseas medical tourism providers. Apart from the website the network is on Facebook . 

The site will also promote service standards, provide a medical tourism guide, and will have various language versions to generate contacts when it is fully operational next month.

ISMED, senior consultant, Sumatarat Sitabut, said the network would invite hotels and travel related companies interested in medical tourism and wellness to join soon.

 

Second Seminar on Medical Tourism Cluster (MTC) at Rama Hotel on June 30,2010 .

                    From Left: Mr. Opas Netaumpai, Mr. Sumatarat Sitabut, Dr. Prpa Wongspate, Mr. Prakit Chinamourphong, Mr. Surapol Sritrakul, Ms. Arpapan Chananiyom,Mr. Dilok Posayanand.

“We will begin by hosting training for would-be members . Most of our members will come from the Thai Hotels Association, Private Hospital Association, Association of Thailand Travel Agents and the Translators and Interpreters Association of Thailand.”

Thai Hotels Association president and the network founding vice president, Prakit Chinamourphong, told delegates that MTC could help boost medical tourism by connecting local companies to overseas markets and suppliers.

“I would like to encourage hotel entrepreneurs to consider this segment. This is not a big investment for the hotels as most hotels already have facilities, but it involves training to assist guests with special needs.”

Last year around 1.39 million tourists visited the country for medical reasons.

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