The Effect that Cosmetic Surgery in Thailand Has Had On The Nation

Update 16/09/2018


There are dozens of countries around the world that have benefited from medical tourism but few fared better than Thailand. Cosmetic surgery in Thailand has brought the country from the brink of financial ruin into an era where medical facilities are at their best ever. More than 1.6 million people travel from overseas to get medical treatment in Thailand; much of this is of the cosmetic variety. 

There is no denying the financial benefits: Experts believe that medical tourism will be worth a whopping $3.3 billion a year by 2015. But the effects are far beyond just putting more cash into the economy. The rise of cosmetic surgery in Thailand will ensure an even greater level of expertise among the existing surgeons and those coming through the ranks. Not only that, Thai surgeons will continue to get easy access to some of the best medical equipment in the world. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) believes that the rate of medical tourists that visit Thailand is increasing by around 16% per annum. Foreign patients also aid the hospitality sector which makes hundreds of millions of dollars extra per year because of the presence of these medical tourists. Clearly, an overseas visitor needs accommodation which is great news for hotels. It is now common for hotels and medical facilities to have an agreement which sees medical tourists stay in a hotel recommended by a clinic.
Overall, cosmetic surgery in Thailand and other medical procedures has increased employment in major cities. Stores, hospitals and even airports need extra staff to meet the increasing demand. Thai nationals also benefit because they are now exposed to a much better standard of medical service than before. In order to cater for foreign visitors, changes have been made to structures, standards of service and standards of living. Thailand is now a much better place to live thanks to medical tourism. 



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