Darshani made a comment on my blog yesterday about my getting my teeth pulled and she said "By the way, if it makes you feel better about cost, I just had two fillings repaired and my portion of the bill was $130!"
There is a trend going on right now for medical vacations: people come to Thailand to have surgery or have other medical procedures done at about 1/4 of the price the US charges. Golf's former boss comes to Thailand frequently on business and while she is here, she gets any medical care done here such as regular check-ups or dental care.
Here is an article on the phenomenon with links on more information and here it is if you don't want to go to the link.
Are you planning a surgical procedure in the near future?
What is it going to cost you in you home country?
Perhaps you could combine that surgery with your next holiday and take your convalescence at a beachside resort. Medical vacations are becoming a growth industry thanks to a fortunate combination of low cost, but high quality medical care and a wide variety of very affordable tourist attractions.
Popular treatments vary from general checkups, dental care, hip replacement, lasik, plastic and heart surgery. In Phuket there is one hospital that specialises in sex change operations.
The combined cost of travel, accommodation and surgery may well turn out to be less than the cost of the surgery alone in your home country.
Thai care even proves popular among those with government health insurance. Many say they would rather pay for everything themselves than wait several months for admission in their own countries where medical staff may take an off-handed approach.
From my own experience I can say that having a tooth crowned here will cost around $300 for a molar. A procedure to remove a gall bladder, using the latest "key hole" surgery techniques was $700 and involved only 2 nights stay in hospital. Hospital room charges are most expensive in Bangkok, but even so will be less than $100 per night and in Pattaya the charge will only be $50 per night for a private room with air-conditioning, television and refrigerator. All private hospital rooms have a full length couch, where a relative or friend can sleep if they wish to stay with the patient.