Along with its many specialist clinics and good government hospitals, Pattaya also has a string of international-standard hospitals that suit the needs of medical tourists to Thailand. In fact, Pattaya has some of the best hospitals in the country, where all types of illnesses can be treated effectively.
Apart from catering to a burgeoning crowd of expat retirees, the hospitals are also critically helpful should you have an accident while in Pattaya and require hospital admittance or outpatient treatment. They also serve a growing number of medical tourists who come for dental, cosmetic, or essential surgery. For those who don’t fall into any of these categories, you might be tempted to undertake one of their accredited health check programmes, which cost much less than back home.
Medical care in Pattaya
The best hospitals in Pattaya have excellent facilities and services. You can have everything from a basic health check-up to a full range of treatments, and even a heart bypass, for example. Packages are available for medical tourists with some fantastic deals, and medical care includes affordable private hospital rooms along with modern technology.
Doctors in Pattaya
Many of the top doctors and senior nurses in hospitals in Pattaya can speak good English and are highly skilled. It pays to shop around, however, as not all doctors are good at what they do, yet you are guaranteed the best possible service in Pattaya’s top hospitals. Generally, the private hospitals tourists usually attend will have experienced and reliable doctors.
Medical insurance in Pattaya
Expats living in Thailand enjoy good value health insurance, provided they are under 63 when joining a scheme. The international firm BUPA offers suitable packages (for a comfortable hospital stay) from 9,000 baht and up. All the same, an outpatient visit or short stay in a Pattaya hospital isn’t going to break the bank, but considering the higher risk of accidents, such as car crashes, visitors should ensure they have adequate travel insurance before arriving.
BUPA Health Insurance
BUPA is one of the most popular health insurers in the world, recognising many of Thailand’s top hospitals, including Pattaya’s Bangkok Pattaya Hospital and Pattaya International Hospital.
7/6-7, Moo 6 Sukhumvit Road, Naklua, Open: 08:00 – 17:00 (Monday-Friday).
Tel: (038) 370 880-4.
Bangkok Pattaya Hospital
This international standard hospital is in the same league as the best in Thailand, both for treatments offered and facilities. There are scores of specialists in all fields of medical healthcare, along with fully-trained nurses that can speak a range of languages. Prices at Bangkok Pattaya Hospital are steep for Pattaya, yet lower than overseas.
301, Moo 6 Sukhumvit Road, North Pattaya.
Tel: (038) 259 999.
Pattaya International Hospital
Pattaya International Hospital is the other main top hospital in Pattaya, with its 24-hour emergency service and hi-tech facilities. It has fully-equipped operating theatres, intensive care units, and excellent obstetrics; plus all doctors and senior nurses speak English.
255/4 Moo 9, Soi Pattaya 4, Pattaya 2nd Road, Nongprue, Chonburi.
Tel: (038) 428 374, Fax: (038) 422 773.
Samitivej Sriracha Hospital
A 150-bed hospital in nearby Sriracha, Samitivej has a good reputation, with roots in Bangkok. It is a fully-equipped facility having full service wellness and check-up centre, appealing mainly to tourists and expats.
8 Soi Laemket, Jermjompol Road, Sriracha.
Tel: (038) 320 300.
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.
Phyathai Sriracha Hospital
Phyathai is another impressive Sriracha hospital, with its complement of well qualified doctors and nurses on-hand 24 hours a day. Medical services are top-notch and include a trauma centre, while rooms come with a choice of single, twin or VIP.
90 Srirachanakorn 3 Road, Sriracha, Chonburi.
Tel: (038) 770 200, 317 333, Fax: (038) 770 213.
Pattaya Memorial Hospital
Pattaya Memorial has a huge range of services, including: paediatric care, gynaecology and obstetrics, ophthalmology, ultrasound, a range of check-ups, and a dental clinic. It used to be the cheaper alternative to Pattaya International and Bangkok Pattaya Hospital, but prices have risen to the extent it is now similar.
328/1 Moo 9, Central Pattaya Road, Nongprue, Chonburi.
Tel: (038) 488 777, (038) 429 422-4
Pattaya Banglamung Hospital
This is the main government-run hospital in Pattaya. Pattaya Banglamung is a cheaper alternative than Bangkok Pattaya Hospital and Pattaya International, yet offers a full range of services to medical tourists. It is in the north of Pattaya in the Naklua area.
669 Moo 5, Naklua, Banglamung, Chonburi.
Tel: (038) 427 580.