Thais are known for their exceptional hospitality, one reason why Thailand is one of Asia’s top tourism destinations. More than a million foreigners travel to Thailand every year to get medical and surgical procedures done. Over the years Thailand has gained reputation as a high-quality and reliable medical tourism destination.
Up to 1.2 million individuals traveled to the south-east Asian country in 2013, according to Patients Beyond borders. The Thai capital of Bangkok is home to one of the world’s best known hospitals for medical tourists, Bumrungrad International, which has been seeing foreign patients for 20 years.
Healthcare in Thailand is provided by government hospitals, private hospitals, nongovernmental organizations and private practitioners. The cost of medical treatment is one of the lowest in the world, with cost savings on medical procedures ranging from 40-60 percent over out-of-pocket fees found in US, EU, and Japan.
Visa on arrival is typically 15-30 days (most visitors from Western countries receive 30 days) and Visa extensions can be applied if necessary. Tourists can also apply for a nonimmigrant Visa for medical reasons, which gives them 90 days and requires proof that they’re receiving treatment from a licensed medical facility. It is advisable to contact an embassy, consulate, or similar expert in visa requirements prior to traveling for your care.