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The system of healthcare in Bangkok is generally of good quality, and many doctors and specialists speak English. Private hospitals in Bangkok are first-rate and often employ staff members who have been educated in the West. These institutions also tend to be far cheaper than expats from Europe or the United States may expect. Despite the reasonable cost of treatment, expats should make sure they have medical insurance in the case of emergencies.
Although there is only a low risk of diseases like malaria or dengue fever in Bangkok, the city does have a high level of pollution. This could worsen the condition of sufferers of respiratory diseases and may negatively affect other vulnerable individuals such as children and the elderly.
There are plenty of pharmacies in and around Bangkok, but it's best to stick to well-known and reputable chain pharmacies as some independent pharmacies have been known to sell fake medication.
The high quality of care and low prices for treatment have led to Thailand's rise as a medical tourism destination, particularly for cosmetic surgery, LASIK surgery and dental care.
Some hospitals catering to overseas medical tourists resemble hotels rather than hospitals. This is especially true of hospitals in the south of the city, which market their medical operations alongside beach holiday packages
Some of the most popular hospitals in Bangkok are listed below.
Hospitals in Bangkok
Bangkok Hospital Medical Center
Address: 2 Soi Soonvijai 7, New Petchburi Road, Huaykwang
Address: 33 Soi Sukhumvit 3, Wattana
Address: 9/1 Convent Road, Silom
Phyathai 2 International Hospital
Address: 943 Phaholyothin Road, Samsannai, Phyathai
Address: 51/3 Ngamwongwan Road, Ladyao, Jatujak