Home Living Health

Pandemic Medical Tourism Has Flopped, But Will Boom After Crisis, Health Minister Claims

Nakornthon Hospital's new spinal-care center in Bangkok.
Nakornthon Hospital's new spinal-care center in Bangkok.

While Thailand’s efforts to entice visits by medical tourists during the coronavirus pandemic has largely flopped, the Public Health Ministry claims the kingdom will be the first choice of medical tourists once the crisis ends.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of a spine center at Nakornthon Hospital in Bangkok, Minister Anutin Charnvirakul stressed the country’s readiness to generate revenue from the healthcare sector, and to improve healthcare services to members of the public.

He said the opening of the spine center shows Thailand’s ability in terms of technologies and services to serve patients, while the Ministry of Public Health is willing to facilitate requests for the necessary permits and licenses from hospitals.

Anutin said Thailand will become the destination of choice among medical tourism visitors after the Covid-19 pandemic, as the country has a robust public health system, an advanced level of medical service, highly skilled healthcare workers, and impressive hospitality.

He said this will help the country generate income, while the Anutin will be positioning Thailand as the world’s medical superpower.

Nakornthon Hospital’s spine center has been opened in cooperation with Bumrungrad Hospital’s Health Network. After presiding at the opening ceremony, the Minister of Public Health then travelled to Nakhon Phanom to open a kidney center and meet with some 4,000 village health volunteers.