Thailand’s medical tourism industry is one of the strongest in the world, so why didn’t it make the cut for NuWire’s recently published list of the Top 5 Medical Tourism Destinations? We received an e-mail from a reader asking why Thailand was not included on our Top 5, which was a valid question. Here is some background on Thailand’s medical tourism industry:.
The main medical tourism hospital in Thailand is Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok. The hospital is state-of-the-art, equipped with top-of-the-line technology and a well-trained staff. According to Bumrungrad’s website, more than 200 of their doctors are U.S. board certified. The only difference between the care patients receive there and the care they receive in the U.S. is that it is much cheaper in Thailand. Bumrungrad serves more than 400,000 international patients annually. It is one of the biggest medical tourism hospitals in the world.
As a medical tourism destination, Thailand indisputably ranks as one of the top countries in the world, but it did not make our list because we were also considering each country’s investment potential. Thailand has been a great place for investors for years, but recent political turmoil there has been cause for worry. The military ousted the former prime minister and the new prime minister is friendly with him, so another military coup seems possible. If Thailand can prove its long-term stability, it could once again be a great place for investment as well as medical tourism.