Less than 300 kilometers from Bangkok, the Hua Hin and Cha-Am twin resorts have not remained impervious to the rampant medical tourism in the country. Indeed, several health care facilities in Hua Hin and Cha-Am are at par with the most popular, world-class medical facilities in Bangkok. And like the medical tourists in Bangkok, tourists who have health and beauty in mind flock to Hua Hin and Cha-Am every year to get some medical surgery done. But whether you’re thinking about your physical appearance or not, local and foreign visitors of the districts and foreigners who come to live indefinitely and make their home in the area, can stop worrying about their health in Hua Hin/Cha-Am.
While the majority of hospitals in Hua Hin and Cha-Am could use more improvement in equipment, facilities and services, there are hospitals that would meet your expectations. For regular check-ups and routine tests, any hospital and clinic can handle them. For complicated treatment requiring medical specialization, you could either have it done in Hua Hin and Cha-Am or drive to Bangkok and have the treatment done there. Bangkok, after all is just two hours away from Hua Hin and Cha-Am.
As for medical emergencies, Hua Hin and Cha-Am hospitals are equipped with first aid tools and have competent staff that can handle most kind of medical crises. The choice is up to you if you want to transfer your patient to a larger hospital in the country’s capital or in your own country as soon as he can be moved.
The good thing about medical care in Thailand, and what medical tourists find most attractive is the cost of the treatment. You get the same quality in health care and medical treatment for just a fraction of the same services in your own country. The downside is that your insurance probably doesn’t cover overseas treatment, so you always have to pay on a cash basis.
Here are the major hospitals in Hua Hin and Cha-Am:
– San Paulo Hospital. They have English-speaking doctors and staff. However, this hospital is geared more towards plastic surgery. Still, their in-patient and out-patient care for health concerns are highly acceptable.
– Hua Hin Hospital. A public hospital renovated to accommodate the King of Thailand himself, who has a palace in Hua Hin, and the whole royal family. If it’s good enough for the King, it’ll probably be good enough for you.
– Bangkok Hospital. This is the newest hospital to open its doors in Hua Hin. Bangkok Hospital is a private hospital that’s said to have more reasonable prices than San Paulo.
– Cha-Am Hospital. The Cha-Am hospital is a small hospital that’s probably OK for anything requiring basic medical attention only like routine check-ups and simple cough and colds or fever. Unfortunately, this is the only hospital in Cha-Am. There are, however, numerous private clinics for any simple sickness. If you want to make sure you receive the best care for your health in Hua Hin/Cha-Am though, head on to bigger hospitals in Hua Hin.