THailand is famous for "face" - scratch below that surface and you'll find what you find so often in Thailand - no real substance.
don't be sucked in by "modern" looking hospitals with Le Corbusier furniture and fish tanks.
What you need in a hospital is good training, ethics and an institution not only obsessed with profit.
well if you are going some place then you have to set your mind for these kind of things.
But don't be hoodwinked into thinking that Thai hospitals riun the same way that Western hospitals do, just because they LOOK good
In any case, we have to take care of ourselves.
I have to say that that's a pretty facile comment.
facile comment is what this thread needed.
Medical tourism in Thailand is a multi-billion-dollar industry, so you will have no problems finding top-flight medical care of all sorts for a fraction of what you are used to at home. Japanese encephalitis? I've been here five years and have not heard of anyone so inflicted.
THe fact that the above poster is apparently unaware of Japanese Encephalitis is an indicator that any information proffered on healthcare in Thailand should be taken with a pinch of salt.
to make claims about the frequency of a disease using one's own personal social experience as a yardstick is to say the least facile.
As for "top-flight medical care" - you are extremely unlikely to receive this is Thailand which has virtually no safeguards for its patients whatsoever and no checking system on doctors practices and success or failure rates.
In fact the Doctors are at present resisting an attempt by the government to bring in such measures.
as the poster mentions - MEDICAL TOURISM is huge industry in Thailand and there is growing concern that the easy money made from this is draining the country of resources available to its domestic market.
THe kind of healthcare offered to medical tourists and the demographics involved are rather different to the kind of everyday treatment the Thai people and or tourists require.
shows you the general attitude of doctors in Thailand.
If you can - avoid any medical treatment in Thailand unless it is absolutely unavoidable.
[ Edit: Edited on 04-Dec-2010, at 17:42 by wildfk ]
And, the secret word for this week is "facile".