If you do find that you are unwell and you need to seek medical advice, Bangkok boasts excellent facilities including world-class hospitals, a number of smaller specialist clinics and an abundance of pharmacies. The city has seen a sharp increase in medical tourism with people arriving from all over the world to take advantage of the healthcare facilities, plastic surgery options and excellent value for money.
Due to the number of successful gender reassignment operations performed in the city each year, Bangkok has gained an excellent reputation in cosmetic surgery for both men and women. It is cheaper than many countries in the West; the facilities are extensive, very hygienic and modern; many of the surgeons are now experts in this field and the beaches in the south of the country are perfect for rehabilitation. As well as cosmetic surgery, people also arrive in Bangkok for eye laser surgery, dental work and many other treatments which they were on a long waiting list for in the West.
All of the private hospitals in Bangkok have English speaking staff and most boast excellent facilities. Most expats will choose these over the government run establishments as treatment, service and facilities are far better. They also have paediatric wings which have specially trained doctors and world-class facilities. Most of the city’s General Practitioners (GP’s) are located in the hospitals themselves and many have been trained abroad and are therefore fluent in English. If you need to see a GP, visit your hospital (or register at a new hospital) and you will be asked to wait in a queue. Appointments are not usually necessary to see a GP, but as a result, queues can often be very long. Your GP will then be able to refer you to a specialist if required.
Note: It is wise to check with your insurance company and register with a hospital before you need treatment. This will smooth any process if you do find yourself or a family member in need of emergency, or even non-emergency, medical treatment.