Medical Tourism in Thailand Contest - Meet David Jr

David Hogan Jr aka Malaysia Asia
As most of you already know, I am David Hogan Jr, travel writer, travel blogger, traveler and photographer for Malaysia Asia and have been doing this actively since early 2008.

My main focus is travel blogging for the region of Southeast Asia, namely Malaysia, Borneo, Indonesia and Thailand. This time around, I am doing something completely different for the month of November 2010 so please read on.

Medical Tourism Blog Contest

From 21st November to 27th November 2010, I will be attending Thailand's Medical Blog Contest as I was selected as one of the 12 Travel Bloggers from around the world to compete in this competition which will last a whopping 2 months after our familiarization trip.

In this trip, we will be visiting various Medical Facilities and Centers throughout 5 popular places around Thailand. These five places which are well known worldwide for their impeccable medical procedures and hospitality are;
  • Bangkok
  • Pattaya
  • Chiang Mai
  • Phuket 
  • Koh Samui
Who would have guessed that some of the most beautiful tropical islands in the world would have top notch medical facilities?

 Even I was surprised that these places actually did major surgeries with a vacation-styled recovery program included and this totally opened up my curiosity to actually want to visit these places to see how they ran their Medical Tourism. 

Thailand Medical Tourism Overview

With a number of growing health medical tourist seeking affordable with vacation style procedures, Thailand is no doubt one of the top three places in the world for this. And now with this trip, I will be able to experience what a foreigner would be facing when they select Thailand as their destination for health procedures.

Just a note that Thailand offers all kinds of medical procedures, check ups and operations. Among the popular  procedures included are Cardiac, Orthopedic, Stem Cell Therapy, Dental, Gender Reassignment, Cosmetic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, General Medical Check Up and more. Prices are a fraction of what most would pay back in their own country too.

Here is a rough comparison of how much it would cost in the USA and in Thailand for some common major surgeries. Prices are in US Dollars below.

Procedure       US     Thailand
Heart bypass   130,000       11,000
Heart valve replacement   160,000       10,000
Angioplasty     57,000       13,000
Hip replacement     43,000      12,000
Knee replacement     40,000      10,000
Hysterectomy     20,000        4,500
Spinal fusion     62,000        7,000

David Hogan Jr
Me sitting with the last remaining Iban Shamans of Sarawak, Borneo
With this article, I hope to share with all my readers and those seeking information about Health Tourism in Thailand as I will be documenting my day to day experiences for one whole week around this amazing country.

Please bookmark and visit this page for regular updates, pictures, videos and information. I will also be tweeting live and updating my Malaysia Asia Facebook Fan Page daily so please 'Follow' my Twitter and 'Like' my Facebook page.

I also have a previous article on 5 Medical Tourism Areas in Thailand if you want to find out about these areas. Thank you for reading this and have a lovely day wherever you may be.

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