Hospitals in Phuket

Phuket medical care is of high standard

Hospitals in Phuket are among the best in Southeast Asia and are well regarded by medical tourists, expats, and locals. The quality of the doctors and equipment in Phuket hospitals is second only to the top hospitals in Bangkok.

There are several top-notch hospitals that offer various medical tourism services and serve outpatients professionally and efficiently should you find yourself in need of medical attention while in Phuket. They also offer non-emergency services, such as health checks, cosmetic surgery and dentistry, which are popular among tourists as they're much cheaper than at home.

Medical care in Phuket

Medical care in Phuket is excellent and the island is the most popular destination for medical tourism in Thailand (after Bangkok), owing to high standards and gorgeous surroundings for convalescence.

Phuket’s top two hospitals are on a par with those in Bangkok and have some of the best medical care staff in the industry, along with high-quality, high-tech equipment.

Doctors in Phuket hospitals speak good English, while nursing staff are usually found to be professional, able to communicate in English, and experienced with modern equipment. Thailand’s private hospitals are noted for being clean and comfortable, and you’ll find your stay in a private room more than adequate, should you need it. In addition, the island’s large expat community benefits from good local health services.

Doctors in Phuket

Most of the top doctors in Phuket’s hospitals have been trained overseas (at least partly) and can, therefore, speak English and are used to dealing with foreigners. You can make an appointment with a particular doctor and check his or her credentials on the hospital’s website. Doctors in Phuket make full use of up-to-date technology and equipment and have plenty of experience by the time they are hired by these private hospitals.

Medical insurance in Phuket

Along with AIA, BUPA Thailand has the biggest presence in Phuket for medical insurance. Membership is worldwide and you can use the hospitals in Phuket for any treatment needed. The cost of medical care and insurance in Thailand is good value, with policies from just US$300 a year being sufficient for a comfortable hospitalisation cover. More comprehensive VIP plans are also available and are usually processed without much fuss.

Visitors to Thailand will find that an outpatient visit to the hospital, for a motorbike skin burn for example, will not be expensive (US$30 perhaps), but short trip travel insurance (UK) is recommended in case of a traffic accident - common in Asia. You’ll find little problem with the hospital when it comes to settling the bill with an international insurance policy.

BUPA Health Insurance (Thailand) Limited
156/15 Phang Nga Road, Talad Yai, tel: (076) 355 815-7, fax: (076) 355 814, email: phuket@bupa.co.th, website: www.bupa.co.th.

A note on private hospital bill

Private hospitals in Thailand's holiday spots do a lucrative trade on unsuspecting tourists, charging them much more than a government hospital might. It might not seem expensive relative to your home country, and if insurance is picking up the bill then it's the safe option. If, however, you're footing the bill (even to later claim on travel insurance), there are plenty of very professional public hospitals that are more ethical. Certainly they promote unnecessary services and sell you expensive imported medicines, which are had for a fraction of the price at a registered pharmacy.

Phuket hospitals

Bangkok Phuket Hospital
Bangkok Hospital Phuket is part of the Bangkok Hospital Group, which features 13 private, top-of-the-range hospitals in Thailand and has alliances with three more.

It is Phuket’s premier hospital, with every sort of treatment and procedure available, from a state-of-the-art dental clinic, LASIK eye surgery and cosmetic surgery, to more serious care such as heart surgery and oncology. The doctors and nurses mostly speak English and are highly qualified. There is also a Bangkok Hospital Clinic in the Laguna Phuket complex, complete with an ambulance. Bangkok Hospital is the most expensive in Phuket, a reflection of its status as the best. However, procedures here are still cheaper than the West. (2/1 Hongyok-Utis Road, Phuket Town, tel: (076) 254 425, fax: (076) 254 430, email: info@phukethospital.com, website: www.phukethospital.com. 

Phuket International Hospital
Phuket International Hospital has been greatly expanded and modernised over the past couple of years and features excellent rooms, operating theatres, clinics and facilities. It is one of the most popular hospitals in Phuket with medical tourists and boasts a specialist female centre, a large plastic surgery and aesthetic treatment centre, and a children’s department. Standards and staff are top-notch, and the hospital has a reputation for its staff being able to communicate in all major languages. 44 Chalermprakiat Ror 9 Road, tel: (076) 249 400, 361 818, fax: (076) 210 936, hotline: 1460- 1462, email: info@phuketinternationalhospital.com
website: www.phuketinternationalhospital.com.

Mission Hospital Phuket
Phuket’s Mission Hospital is one of the more reasonably-priced hospitals in Phuket, and is clean and bursting with services and facilities. It is a non-profit, Christian healthcare provider (though religion does not come in noticeable doses) and comes with a general surgeon, a neurologist, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, and an orthopaedic surgeon, among others. Outpatient waiting times are longer than in the private hospitals mentioned above, but it is also considerably cheaper. 4/1, Thepkrasattri Road, tel: (076) 237 220-6, fax: (076) 237 250, hotline: 153, email: mkt@missionhospitalphuket.com, admin@missionhospitalphuket.com.

Vachira Phuket Hospital
This is the biggest hospital in Phuket, with a history dating back to 1906, and it’s very well equipped with well-trained, capable staff. But because it’s the main government hospital (and Thais get healthcare free), it tends to be very crowded, and staff language skills are not on a par with the private hospitals. On the other hand, this could be the best hospital to go to in the case of a road accident as they get far more practice at fixing up crash victims than any other hospital. There are two other government hospitals in Phuket - in Patong and Thalang - which can both handle routine problems efficiently, but if they have any difficulties with a case then they send the patient here. The hospital has over 500 beds and more than 1,000 staff, including 72 physicians and surgeons. 353 Yaowarat Road, Phuket Town, tel: (076) 361 234 ext. 1190, fax: (076) 211 155, hotline: 1669, email: info@vachiraphuket.go.th.

Dr Wattana International Clinic
One of the most popular clinics in Thailand and well known throughout the expat community for its quality of general medical care and attention to detail. Standards are very high at Dr Wattana International Clinic and the staff speak English, Italian, German, Swedish and Japanese. 78/7 Soi Wattana Clinic, Thaweewong Road, Patong, tel: (076) 341 344, 340 690, email: info@wattanaclinic.com, website:  www.wattanaclinic.com.

Phuket Plastic Surgery Clinic
A popular clinic for those looking for cosmetic surgery. Procedures offered include everything from liposuction, facelifts, angioplasty and breast augmentation to gender reassignment. Prices are way lower than in Bangkok, and minimal compared with those in the West. 371/81 Yaowaraj Road, tel: (076) 221 631, 254 764, fax: (076) 254 765, email: info@phuket-plasticsurgery.com, website: www.phuket-plasticsurgery.com.

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