Thai Healthcare Tips For Expats From Expats
Thailand is a big destination, attracting both tourists and immigrants from across the world. Lots of expats have travelled into the country, and more are coming into the country. For those many expats are, of course, considering how they’ll live there, and how they’ll get health insurance in Thailand for their life there.
If you’re one of these expats, here are some tips from other expats to help you along.
Where to go for your medical needs?
First things first, before you get health insurance in Thailand, know the places you’ll be needing to use them in; the hospitals. If you’re in Bangkok, expats will recommend either the St. Louis Hospital or Bumrungrad, the latter known to be one of the world’s Top 10 hospitals, while featuring medical care that’s fairly cheap in comparison to a country like the US. If you’re not in the capital both public hospitals and private ones offer you good options, and for less than serious issues, street clinics dot the map.
Finding a doctor.
Expat advice on the matter says to treat finding a doctor same way you’d hire a plumber or an electrician; prioritize safety, compare prices for whatever it is you need from different sources, and do some research. For hospitals, consultations are always an option as they’re not too expensive. When choosing private or public hospitals, they say, private’s advantage is that it’s faster and has less waiting time, with no particular mention on the difference of quality, if there was any present.
For prescription medication, Thailand has them available in drug stores and hospitals. For someone coming into the country, should they need medication, expats recommend to bring their prescription along with them, and bring that to a hospital in the country, which will then allow them to purchase their needed medication in the country, bypassing the hassle of having to order from abroad. Standard procedure with medications apply following that, such as regular checkups to make sure everything’s in order, that sort of thing. This is good news if you need medications, as Thailand law only allows one month’s worth of prescription medicine can be brought in the country.