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Hospitals in #Thailand and the West compared

25/01/2015

Matt.Owens.Rees; Thailand Writer

Hospitals in #Thailand and the West Compared

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Thailand has a reputation for having cheap affordable healthcare for foreigners. Sometimes that is true; sometimes it is not. Many bloggers, travel agents, retirement consultants, and tourist authorities refer to the country as “the hub for medical tourism”. It’s true that many foreigners come to the Land of Smiles for that reason, but let’s look at the services that Thailand’s hospitals and clinics offer and compare them to those available in the West.

Thailand has had a low cost or free healthcare system for its own nationals for less than two decades. England has had a ‘free at point of use” concept since 1948. America has no free healthcare provision and is one of the most expensive countries for medical care: indeed it’s beyond the reach of a large proportion of the American population. Services are under strain in all three countries.

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