I had occaision to be hospitalized in Thailand and was completely impressed with the care I recieved there. The Bangkok-Pattaya hospital looks more like a 5 star hotel than a hospital. The staff was incredable and the level of care beyond anything I have recieved in the US. My doctor was trained in the US and he told me that while he makes a fraction of what doctors earn in the US he loves Thailand and is not pressured to generate money like American doctors. He said he enjoys his work because he has time to actually think about what he is doing. He says it is the best possible situation because they have the same technology in a less pressure driven environment. He does not even carry malpractice insurance.
I was so impressd that I had a complete physical including CAT scan which cost me $150. I also finally had my teeth fixed. I had a estimate of $14,000 from a dentist in FL. It cost me $160 here.
While I was there I visited several patients who were from western countries and they all shared my impression. I was told by one man who had researched extensivly before comming that the number of mistakes made here is 1/10th of the rate in US hispitals and the reinfection rates are also 1/10th.
So I wonder why more people are not going to Thailand for treatment. Last year there were 150,000 Americans treated here and that number is projected to increase by 30% this year. Many people are combining vacations with the hospital visits.
I would be interested in what others think about this medical outsourcing that seems to be such a huge benefit to Americans
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