Just like cultural heritage tourism, medical tourism is famous in Thailand. In fact, tourists going to Thailand for medical treatment and cosmetic surgery is nothing new. In Pattaya, the second most popular city in Thailand located in the east coast of the country, medical tourists are aplenty. But even if you’re not visiting Pattaya for its world-renowned health care facilities, it pays to be on top of everything and know the local diseases to be prepared for any medical emergency. It’d be wise to think about your health in Pattaya even while vacationing.
In a tropical country like Thailand, diseases like malaria and dengue fever tend to be endemic. Additionally, in Pattaya, incidences of sexually-transmitted diseases are generally inclined to be on the high. It’s always best to ask advice from your General Practitioner for any prophylaxis and vaccination you might need, especially if you’re on the high-risk group. Otherwise, there’s no need to worry about serious illnesses and poor medical treatment should you find yourself in need of medical care. There are several clinics, hospitals and healthcare facilities in Pattaya, and most if not all will meet your expectations of medical health care services. The amenities and medical equipment are also at par with those in any country.
In Pattaya, you’ll find that the hospitals provide quality healthcare at a cost that’s only a fraction of what you usually pay in your country. And there are four major hospitals in Pattaya: the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya, Pattaya International Hospital, Pattaya Memorial Hospital and the Pattaya Baglamung Hospital. The Bangkok Hospital Pattaya (Sukhumvit Highway) and the Pattaya International Hospital (Soi 4 Pattaya City Center) are the best hospitals to go to if you’re a foreigner. They have English-speaking doctors and doctors that have received training in either Europe and America.
Most of the clinics in Pattaya are cosmetic dental and surgical, but you’ll still find medical clinics for the simple cough and cold. Although it’s always good to see a doctor, pharmacies can sell you over-the-counter medicines for any regular illness, and there are countless pharmacies and drugstores in Pattaya. If you’re under any medication, while you may probably obtain the same brand of your medicine in pharmacies in Pattaya, it’s still ideal to just bring enough supply of medicine with you to last your whole trip. And in case you’ll need help for any medical emergency, you can call First Aid Bangkok at +66 0871 457 508. They have people in Pattaya who can respond to medical emergencies and who are adept at CPR and other first aid techniques.
Also, please take note that unless your health insurance company covers overseas medical illnesses, you can only pay cash in Pattaya. Hospitals will generally require you to pay a down payment up front and the remaining balance upon check-out.
Remember that being prepared for any medical emergency can go a long way in maintaining your good health in Pattaya, and ensuring an enjoyable and stress-free vacation for you in the city.