A Look into Medical Tourism in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore
Throughout the years, medical tourism in Asia has indeed levelled up. From quality services to state-of-the-art medical facilities, many Asian countries focused on improving their healthcare system to attract medical tourists. Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand are among the countries leading the way in Asia when it comes to medical tourism. In this article, we’ll let you in on what sets each country apart from another.
Medical Tourism in Thailand
Thailand is one of the 10 most visited countries in the world and not just because it’s home to world-class tourist destinations. It’s also the most popular hub for medical tourism in the world for fertility treatments, cosmetic surgery, and more. But what sets it apart from medical tourism in Malaysia and Singapore?
Affordable Medical Costs
Bangkok hospitals are 25-35% cheaper than Singapore hospitals. In fact, many Singaporeans, Malaysians and even foreigners prefer to go to Bangkok for their medical needs because of the more competitive pricing.
First-class Healthcare Services and Well-rounded Facilities
Even though opting for medical treatments in Bangkok will cost you less than if you go to Singapore or Malaysia, you’ll still enjoy the same quality of healthcare. Most hospitals in Bangkok like Bumrungrad International Hospital and Samitivej Hospital are well-equipped with outstanding facilities. They’re accredited by the United States’ prestigious Joint Commission International (JCI) certification as well, which makes healthcare in Thailand even more recognized by medical tourists. Moreover, most Thai doctors have degrees from prestigious universities abroad.
Comfortable Accommodations and Signature Hospitality
If you’re travelling to Bangkok for a medical treatment, don’t be surprised at how comfortable some medical facilities are. Moreover, most hospitals are prepared for international patients so communicating in English is no problem as they often have English-speaking staff on deck. Bangkok is also known for its hospitality so expect friendly doctors and nurses to accompany you.
Medical Tourism in Singapore
When it comes to more complex medical procedures, Singapore is one of the top destinations for medical tourism because of their advanced medical expertise and innovative medical technology. Keep reading to find out what you can expect when you go to Singapore for a medical procedure.
Luxurious but Pricey
As the most expensive city in the world, expect pricey medical costs as well. Then again, with the high price tag comes well-appointed medical facilities. Moreover, Singapore has a well-developed medical infrastructure that's truly world-class. In 2014, Singapore was ranked first for the most efficient healthcare system out of 51 countries by Bloomberg.
Patients from Farrer Park hospital can even shop online using wireless tablets and have it sent in their bedside by 30 minutes or so. Farrer Park hospital shares the same kitchen with Farrer Hotel and Spa so patients can also dine on a 5-star hotel food as well.
Safe and Stable Environment
Besides top-notch medical facilities and service, medical tourists can also expect an environment that is safe and stable than other Asian countries. Besides the fact that there's no political instability in Singapore, medical tourists can enjoy the country's efficient transportation system as well.
Medical Tourism in Malaysia
Of course, Malaysia is also a key player in the global medical tourism market. In fact, in 2015 and 2016, Malaysia won the top spot in the International Medical Travel Journal's award for "Health and Medical Tourism Destination of the Year".
Affordable Hospital Fees
Malaysia also offers value for your money, with savings on treatments reaching 40-80% in comparison to cost in the US, Australia or Europe. Moreover, healthcare services and medical products are regulated by the Ministry of Health Malaysia. This ensures everyone receives quality service at reasonable prices for both the locals and medical tourists.
Similar to doctors in Singapore, Malaysian doctors are typically trained in countries like the US, the UK and Australia. Moreover, numerous hospitals carry international accreditations such as JCI. You’ll also find no problem communicating with the hospital staff because English is widely spoken.
Have you decided where to go to enjoy quality healthcare at a more affordable price? If you want to learn more, check out our other medical tourism articles.
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