In case of emergencies or unfortunate accidents occurring in Thailand, learning about the health and safety guide while traveling is essential.
In this article, we have some useful inoculations and hospital information just for you!
There are 2 types of hospitals in Thailand, one is public hospitals and the other is private hospitals. Although you can choose any hospital to go to, there are differences between the two types.
In Thailand, medical bills for public hospitals tend to be cheaper, although the wait may be longer. This is because the majority of Thai people rely on public hospitals’ services and the queues are usually extremely long. You would sometimes need to make an appointment a month before to avoid the long wait.
Whereas private hospitals offer faster services and more amenities at more expensive prices. To put it simply, you get more comfort and convenience at a private hospital.
The most common hospitals in Thailand for tourists:
Bumrungrad International Hospital, Samitivej Hospital, Phyathai 2 International Hospital, and Bangkok International Hospital.
Ambulances in Thailand are generally free in case of critical emergencies. According to the National Institute for Emergency Medicine of Thailand, there are 10 emergency conditions:
2. Severe panting/breathing difficulties
3. Severe sweating with low body temperature including a seizure
4. Severe sudden chest pain
5. Muscle weakness and speaking difficulties
6. Injuries in the brain, spine, or other body parts with heavy bleeding, electrocution, and widespread burns
7. Being shot or stabbed in the head, torso, or vital organs
8. Being bitten by a venomous snake causing the patient to have breathing difficulties and be stupefy
9. Pregnant including a seizure, heavy bleeding, premature amniotic fluid, or the baby’s head has protruded
10. Injury in the eyes from toxins
If the patient’s conditions apply to the stated ones above, they are eligible for a free ambulance to the hospital.
Those who do not apply may still be able to get a free ambulance service depending on the hospital. Regardless of whether or not the ambulance service is free, your health comes first and is important.
Dial 1669 for medical emergencies. It might be more useful to have a Thai person help you communicate with the operator for accurate information about the location, medical condition, etc.
Before coming to Thailand, it is essential to purchase travel insurance or health insurance. It is true that medical bills in Thailand are generally cheaper but some medical procedures can still be quite costly.
Travel Insurance covers your travel-related incidents such as flight delays, canceled flights, loss or damaged luggage, and of course, medical expenses.
It is suitable for short-term travelers. Better to have it than need it.
Health Insurance is suitable for foreigners who stay long-term in Thailand, otherwise known as expats. Health Insurance covers medical bills that come from both public and private hospitals, depending on what hospitals the package is available for. Some even cover dental care.
Clinics in Thailand are different from hospitals. Clinics cover basic or common medical conditions such as headaches, stomach pain, mild external injuries, and consultation. Clinics come in smaller sizes, are operated by licensed doctors, and can be seen more than hospitals.
Services at a clinic are usually quicker depending on the queues and are used mostly by locals because of their convenient access and lower cost.
However, if you fall into a critical health condition, going to a hospital is still the priority.
As for dental offices, they are also extremely common in Thailand. Locals or foreigners can simply walk into the clinic and get their dental care done. Even though most clinics in Thailand offer walk-in services, it is also important to check for availability and make an appointment at your own convenience. Despite the fact that clinics are conveniently accessible and cost less, they are still operated by licensed professionals, ensuring all patients’ safety and health.
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