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Thailand Ranked 5th Globally in Medical Tourism

Thailand Ranked 5th Globally in Medical Tourism

Thailand’s medical tourism industry is experiencing significant growth, positioning itself as a global leader in healthcare services. According to recent data, in 2021, Thailand ranked 5th globally in medical tourism, generating an impressive 11.9 billion baht in revenue from foreign patients, marking a 47% increase compared to pre-COVID figures.

Several key factors contribute to Thailand’s success in this sector, making it an attractive destination for international patients:

1. Medical Expertise

Thailand boasts a remarkable achievement with over 50 hospitals accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI), the highest in the ASEAN region. The country’s commitment to modern medical technologies ensures swift and effective treatments, establishing it as a hub for medical excellence.

2. Affordability

Thailand’s healthcare services are competitively priced, drawing a substantial number of international patients seeking various treatments, including health check-ups, bone and joint procedures, metabolic treatments, and dental care.

3. Specialized Services

The nation excels in various medical fields, including cardiology, oncology, orthopedics, and neurology, providing a wide range of specialized services to cater to diverse healthcare needs.

4. Professional Workforce

Thailand’s medical professionals are highly skilled not only in medical treatments but also in aesthetic procedures. Their expertise, combined with the unique Thai hospitality, enhances the overall patient experience.

5. Post-COVID Opportunities

As Thailand relaxed its travel restrictions following the pandemic, it has actively invited international patients back. The country’s diverse offerings, including renowned cuisine, traditional massages, beach activities, and historical sites, make it an attractive destination for medical tourism.

In a strategic move to further promote Thailand as a Medical Hub, the government has outlined a comprehensive strategy (2017-2026). This strategy focuses on enhancing competitiveness in healthcare services, developing medical treatment services, promoting health and wellness services, advancing traditional and alternative medicine services, elevating academic and medical research services, improving pharmaceuticals and health product manufacturing, and boosting marketing and public relations efforts.

Highlighting Thailand’s commitment to medical tourism, the Health & Wealth Expo 2023 has taken place from November 9 to 12 at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre. Organized by the Nation Group, the expo’s theme, “The Journey of Life,” included a special discussion titled “Road Map to Thailand Medical Hub,” forums on health trends in 2024, herbal medicine, economic opportunities in the Thai health sector, and comprehensive discussions on breast cancer. The expo aimed to showcase Thailand’s unique healthcare and wellness offerings that comprehensively cater to people’s health needs.

Dr. Sura Wisetsak, the Director-General of the Department of Health Services Support, emphasized that Thailand’s medical tourism industry continues to grow, offering high-quality healthcare services, skilled professionals, and diverse attractions for international patients. As the country embraces post-COVID opportunities, it remains a top choice for those seeking medical treatments combined with a unique cultural experience.

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