Medical stuff in Thailand

Sad news a few months ago in the Press that British girl in her 20’s has died during surgery.

“A 24-year-old British woman has died in Thailand during cosmetic surgery performed by a doctor who was allegedly not properly qualified.”

I wonder though, how many people die throughout the world under anesthetic?

Of course it’s a tragedy for this poor girls family, but I hope this doesn’t put people off traveling to Thailand for Medical Procedures.

A few years back I was in some (lame) strip joint in London when a girl approaches me and offers me a ‘real dirty’ lap dance’.   I informed her that I live in Bangkok, so I am not as easily impressed as the man in the street.

Off we pop to a private room and she proceeds to dance around in a fashion that I am sure is sexy to a 13yr old boy, but a seasoned veteran like myself… not so much.

One thing I did notice was her rock hard norks and the incision scars underneath.  I struck up a conversation as to why she didn’t go for the more popular under-arm incisions but she didn’t really know much about them.  She then went on to tell me how they cost something like £4000 (200,000bht).

I mentioned that in Thailand, she could have the under-arm jobs for around £1200 (60,000) and even have a bit of a holiday.

This girl then went on to tell me how Thai hospitals are all dirty and people don’t know what they’re doing.  Right then I called time on our little chat, gave her £20 and exited stage left.  She did not help the stereotypical impression we have of girls dancing on a pole.

The fact of the matter is – you only have to look at Bumrungrad Hospital to know that Thailand is certainly somewhere to be considered when needing Medical attention.

This also goes for Dental work. More so infact.   Let me explain…

Ten years ago I decided me teeth were pretty damn awful.  Healthy enough, but not pleasing on the eye.   I went to my Dentist and had some nice pearly white Veneers fitted at a cost a little over £11,000.  They did give me a bottle of Champagne at the end of my treatment which was nice.  Still. It wasn’t cheap.

Over the years I had cracked a couple biting into something that had a bone when it shouldn’t and always went back to my (UK) dentist who made any repairs free of charge.

One time I was in Thailand when I cracked a Veneer and went to a local Bangkok Dentist.  I was impressed.  VERY professional and when it came to payment, I was curious as to how it could be so cheap.

As 10 years has passed, I thought it time to get a fresh set of Veneers.  I bypassed my UK dentist and went with the Bangkok dentist.

Full set. Done over a few weeks at a cost of 150,000.   Wow!

Back in the UK I went along to my dentist to get his opinion.  He was impressed and very disappointed.  For he had lost business.   According to my UK Dentist, the work I had done would have cost more than £10,000.

Was I happy?  Yes I was.

All I need do now is find somewhere that does hair-replacement and can make me taller.


11 thoughts on “Medical stuff in Thailand”

  1. I’ve had dental work carried out a few times in Thailand in favor of having it done back in the West. Far better value for money and in my opinion the quality is matched if not better.

  2. I am not so convinced about the quality of medical care in Thailand.

    Five times now my girlfriends brother has had his appendix removed. It’s costing me a fortune.

  3. Is health and dental insurance available in the Kingdom which includes the best doctors and dentists? If so how much?

    Mike it maybe time to have your Tilak’s brother removed! Joking of course.

  4. I only know of a girl that makes your dick look massive, although she’s been in private practise now for a little over a year and I’ve since lost her new contact info… 🙁

    I’ve only had to seek medical attention once in BKK. (aside from getting new glasses made up, which are also a bargain!) It turns out I was experiencing a sustained, consistent, non-excersion triggered, dull, middle center left side chest pain. At first I just thought it was a sore muscle or a tweaked rib from sleeping in an odd position. After 3-4 hours though I was getting concerned. My GF at the time took me to her hospital, the Ramkhamhaeng Heart Center’s emergency department, within 3 minutes after admission I was on a gurney, with O2, on a 12 lead monitor and with all my vitals taken as an early 20’s something Doc comes rollin up with a current strip of my cardiac rhythm. I’m familiar with the ER department and have worked in a few a far number of shifts from time to time during my nursing career, but I’m an ICU nurse and from that mindset I was looking at my EKG trace with the doc. And I didn’t see anything particularly wrong with it, nor did the doc, I suggested ( typical Western practice) some tests to rule out an MI (heart attack) but this kid of a physician took the time to exercise on of the best ER diagnostic tools you have, he asked me about my history! Was I drinking much? Was I drinking any water? How long have I been in Thailand drinking other than water? Turns out I was simply dehydrated from hitting the booze everynight for that last 10 days-ish and not eating nor drinking enough other things like water! He prescribed me to take a few nights off, get some juice and liquids other than vodka, bourbon, and beer, and take 400mg Ibuprofen 3 times a day for 3 days. This all happened in less than 45 minutes as I was back in my room near the Fortune Mall ( Pra ram 9 MRT) in a little over an hour round trip and 800 baht lighter. This would have NEVER happened at home! Minimum time in a California ER is 2-3 hours at many thousands of dollars (due to a bunch of over kill lab work/test/imaging… because docs over here have to be hyper concerned with malpractice law suites )

  5. This posting seems lame to some people, but is actually interesting. About 10 years ago I dropped into Oral & Dental Center at Amarin Plaza for a regular check-up, as it was convenient during my holiday and cheaper than in my home country (Netherlands). I just gave it a try. Well, was I impressed! Dental check and cleaning all teeth in 45 minutes for a total cost of THB 800. In the Netherlands it would take me an appointment several weeks in advance and at a cost of close to THB 4.000. Since then I make an appointment at the dental center every year.

    On a side note, in 2013 I broke part of a tooth while in Houston, USA. Needed a crown, which I had done there. This US dental center had state of the art equipment and had a new technology making a crown on the spot by laser technology. Three hours later left the dental center; all fixed. Cost was USD 1,200 of which I received 600 back from insurance. Two months later in Bangkok showed it to the dentist. Turns out cost for a crown would be equivalent of around USD 600, though making a crown on the spot in Thailand wasn’t possible (yet) at that time.

    Western people have a prejudice look on hospitals in Asia. They should pay a visit once to Gleneagles in S’pore/Kuala Lumpur, Prince Court Medical Center Kuala Lumpur or Bumrungrad in Bangkok: Welcome to 5-star treatment! Almost all doctors had their training and certification in Europe or USA.
    These hospitals also cater for an annual medical check-up. Efficient and great service. This service is almost impossible to be had nowadays in my country and will set you back at least 750 euro.

    Whenever you have to pay a visit to a hospital in Asia for a minor issue. Don’t panick; the cost will be affordable and there are ATM’s on the spot!

  6. I have been in the Bumrungrad and the Bangkok Pattaya hospital and the BNH. For head injuries, scoping and dengue fever and they are more caring and good for short term problems. But the NHS in the UK although better for long term illnesses seems to lack compassion. Thai hospitals are cheaper. Indian hospitals are attracting Medical tourism and are supposed to be excellent. My current job gives me full international BUPA for 40 quid instead of 400 a month. I have been hospitalised about 8 times in my life in the UK, Thailand, and MENA areas. The Thai hospitals were the most caring by and large. But I think opticians are cheaper in the UK….

  7. Once had two girls dress up as nurses at the Eden club – they took care of me very well!

    Does that count?

  8. Was on a golf trip to Pattaya, had to hospitalise one of the blokes. It was difficult to get him out of there in the end. He finished up sponsoring a Long Gun girl to finish her nursing studies

  9. Two examples of the costs savings of western vs Asian medical/dental treatment

    I have a 5 tooth bridge in the front as a result of a farming accident 20 odd years ago. 18 months ago the Aussie fitted bridge had reached its use by date. . So Quote from the Aussie dentist $12,000 of which $4000 would be covered by insurance a and a 2 week waiting period. As I was scaring the misses with the gappy smile and I couldn’t work looking like that flew over to see my Thai dentist. $4000 quoted and a one week wait.

    I have a work college who swears by his dentist in the Phillipinnes so I ask him to call and see when he could see me and do the job. Response booking th next day and 3 days to do the work. Off I go.

    I see him the next day and he does all the prep work including a temporary bridge so I don’t have to pay an ugly factor loading to my barfine. I tell him its urgent I get back to work so he had the bridge made within 3 days. The total cost a mere $700. Not a type. $700

    And I have spent a lot of time in the dental chair because of that accident and I can honestly say he was the best dentist I have had for patient care.

    Story 2

    4 years ago I was living full time in BKK with the family that included by 84 year old father. Dad was basically healthy but just didn’t want to be here after mums death so he was starving himself away. (Although he used to spark up considerably when he would get into the Mango Bar and the mango girls fuss over him.

    So into the Ramkhamhaeng Hospital we take him and intensive care is where he ends up for three days. Total cost per day with all the add ons like oxygen and food $100 a day. In Aus that would be $1000+ a day.

    He comes home and three days later he feels crook again but cant travel in the car so the ambulance is called. The hospital ambulance arrives with a doctor and 2 nurses on board and convey him back to intensive care. Cost of the ambulance trip including charges for the doctor and nurses. $60. That would nave been $500 in Aus just for the ambulance.

    Western medicine is just not affordable for the most but particularly the elderly if you haven’t got insurance. Yes he could have got most of the treatment for free with our medicare system BUT he would have been waiting on a trolley for hours before being seen by a doctor and in some cases had been days before he got a bed.

    And the promptness and quality of treatment was better than he would have got back in Australia.

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