Health Tourism in Thailand
A few years ago I decided to get a health check in Thailand. Although it’s quickly getting more expensive, the outstanding hospitals and dental clinics and the options for comprehensive health checks and coronary checks that I write about here make it worth considering Thailand as a health tourism destination.
The next day you meet with a doctor to get your results. In my case, I had only one abnormal result: He said there was a problem with my heart response when I first broke into a jog. He said it was either just a problem with the test, OR I had a serious oxygen deficiency to my heart as a result of a blocked coronary artery. Hmm…
To clarify the problem, the doctor asked me to have a coronary CT scan done. This is where you get filled with radioactive contrast dye, and they stick you in a huge donut shaped machine that twirls around like the portal from the movie Stargate. The results were good. Zero blockage or narrowing of the arteries, and no calcification (*pats himself on back for having never smoked cigs*).
The cost for the CT scan? $625. Expensive? Yes. Necessary? I’m not sure. Worth the peace of mind? Absolutely! And the best part of all this: They give you all of your results in a nicely printed form, and all the CT scan data on a CD ROM. So unlike Japan, where the doctors prefer not to give out too much information, in Bumrungrad they give you results that are so comprehensive, you can take them to any doctor in the world as a complete medical history.
And now I give you my heart….
My impure, but healthy heart…
That’s definitely worth the price!
Wow! Bloomberg called and wanted more info after reading this blog. See, a blog does get your message out there! OK, they got some of the information wrong…the basic checkup was only $350 — it was the heart scan that cost so much more. But anyway, here’s a link to the bloomberg article.