The Rise of Medical Tourism in Thailand

Update 16/09/2018


Things have changed greatly in the field of medical tourism. At one time, it was a case of people from ‘developing’ countries travelling to ‘developed’ nations for better healthcare. Now, people from so-called First World countries travel abroad for cheaper surgery as the cost of healthcare spirals out of control in places like the United States and Britain. Cosmetic procedures such as liposuction in Thailand are especially popular since such procedures are not covered by insurance.

Medical Tourism in Thailand

It is fair to say that medical tourism has had a profoundly positive effect on the nation. It is estimated that more than 2 million foreigners have medical treatment performed on them in Thailand each year and at least a third of these individuals are medical tourists that have travelled specifically to have liposuction in Thailand or similar procedures.

In the mid 1990s, there were practically no medical tourists flocking to Thailand but within 10 years, this number had grown to almost 500,000 per annum and it is now well over 700,000. The reason for this is simple: the Thai government started to implement plans to improve the standard of medical treatment in the country and this long-term plan is finally starting to bear fruit. Cosmetic procedures such as liposuction in Thailand are not only several thousand dollars cheaper, they also carried out by expert surgeons who have gained their experience in the United States, England, Germany and other wealthy nations.

It is estimated that medical tourism in Thailand is growing by 16% and while it is also growing on a global scale, Thailand is growing faster because of its positive reputation. While India and Singapore also offer low cost cosmetic surgery, neither nation has the doctors, equipment or facilities to compete. When you elect to have liposuction in Thailand or any other cosmetic procedure, you will feel as if you are still at home such is the high standard and that is the difference.

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