Hospitals

For medical emergencies, call 1669 (a 4-digit phone number).

Most people go to a hospital, not a clinic, for nearly everything.

While I'm not a doctor, I have always thoroughly researched most every ailment that I, my family, and my close friends experience. Now, it's much easier on the internet, but before I did this in libraries and bookstores. I am a scientist by degree (physicist), was a researcher before, and am able to cut thru hype and sales journalism by going right into scientific studies with a critical mind in my research and analysis. Therefore, I find that I usually have a much better understanding of things than my friends and associates, and doctors are also surprised by my knowledge when I do walk into a doctor's office and discuss an ailment.

In the USA, most doctors I met were very disappointing, and I walked out of many places without paying my bill. It seemed that many doctors in the USA got into their profession because it offered the opportunity to make a lot of money, not because they were interested in the human body from a scientific standpoint. They also processed many patients quickly, and hit you (and presumably your insurance company) with a big bill in their game.

Health care in Thailand has usually been surprisingly good for me, and most of my experiences have been in the suburbs and outer provinces since 1994. I have found the Thai doctors to be very knowledgeable, willing to patiently take their time to listen and really analyze your condition, and keep up in their fields in the latest knowledge, generally. Emphasis is put on prevention and natural remedies, with less reliance on medicine, and they can usually tell you the side effects of medicines.

When I first went into a small suburban hospital, I was blown away by the doctor's knowledge, the quality of service, and the good English of the doctors (but not most of the staff).

Thai doctors don't make a lot of money like in the west, and it seems that they get into the field because they are interested in the human body as scientists, not money makers. (Doctors make OK money in Thailand, but not comparable to the west.)

My worst experiences have been in particular Bangkok city center hospitals which cater to wealthy foreigners, whereby I have been less impressed with some of the doctors, and felt a bit more like I did in the American system -- run me thru the mill and sock me with a bill. However, some of the advice I've received has been questionable, as have some prescriptions to associates.

I would take a Thai hospital over an American one any day.

Thailand is also not a litigious country, and its parliament has continuously resisted falling into that trap, unlike America.

After this good service, when I go to pay the bill, it is normally a small fraction of what I would pay overseas, amazingly economical.

However, there are traps to watch out for.

Since about the year 2000, some hospitals have apparently told their doctors that it is a policy to recommend in-patient overnight observation whenever plausible, not because it's needed but so they can charge more. Thais I know who respect authorities and fell for this got little attention from doctors and nurses anyway. American business practices have come to Thailand...

Also, drug companies give incentives to doctors and hospitals to prescribe their drugs. There is considerable corruption, but you can usually sense this with a doctor. Sometimes, you need to go to a second doctor.

There are also a few awful private hospitals in the suburbs, poorly managed. However, most of them are good and proper.

For now, I will just list some hospitals. There are not in order of recommendation. It's a list I should qualify sometime, but that will be quite a project.

The hospitals I go to usually have just ordinary middle class Thais walking around, not what you'd call upscale. Sometimes, I will go to an upscale hospital like one in the Samitivej chain. My favorite economical hospital in the mid range of private hospitals is Nonthavej Hospital next to The Mall Ngamwongwan.

Central Bangkok

Name of hospital

Main region

Subregion

Comments

Samitivej Hospital (chain)

Bangkok, central

Sukhumvit 49

Recommended

St. Louis Hospital (Sathorn)

Bangkok, central

South Sathorn

Long history in Siam

Bangkok General Hospital

Bangkok, central

New Petchburi Rd.

Recommended

Praram (Rama) 9 hospital

Bangkok, central

Rama 9 Rd.

Recommended

BNH Hospital

Bangkok, central

betw. Sathorn & Silom

Recommended

Bumrungrad International Hospital

Bangkok, central

betw. Sukhumvit soi 1 & 3

I had problems...

Thai Red Cross

Bangkok, central

Pathumvan

Recommended

Chulalongkorn Hospital

Bangkok, central

Pathumwan

Government, OK

Bangkok Cancer Center Hospital

Bangkok, central

Rama 6 Rd.

B. Care Medical Centre

Bangkok, central

Phahonyothin

Bangkok Chest Hospital (govt?)

Bangkok, central

Phahonyothin

Government?

St. Carlos Hospital (chain)

Bangkok, central

Silom

I've had good exp.

The Bangkok Christian Hospital

Bangkok, central

Silom

Bangkok Adventist Hospital

Bangkok, central

Dusit

Bangkok Hospital Medical Center

Bangkok, central

New Petchburi Rd.

Banphaeo hospital (Prommitr Branch)

Bangkok, central

Sukhumvit 39, soi Promitr

Camillian Hospital

Bangkok, central

Sukhumvit 55 (Thonglor)

I didn't like doctor

Phyathai Hospital (chain)

Bangkok, central

Rajchathewi, Phyathai

Chaophya Hospital

Bangkok, central

Bangkok Noi, Thonburi

Thonburi Hospital

Bangkok, central

Bangkok Noi, Thonburi

Huachiaw Hospital

Bangkok, central

Bumrungmuang, Pomprab

Piyavate Hospital

Bangkok, central

Huay Kwang

Viphavadi General Hospital

Bangkok, central

Jatujak

Kluaynamthai Hospital

Bangkok, central

Klong Toei

Vibharam Hospital

Bangkok, central

Pattanakarn, Suanluang

Vichaiyut Hospital & Medical Center

Bangkok, central

Phayathai

Sukhumvit Hospital

Bangkok, central

PhraKhanong, Wattana

Ramathibodi

Bangkok, central

Phayathai

Government, OK

Police General Hospital

Bangkok, central

Rama 2 - Rama 4 Rd.

Deja Hospital

Bangkok, central

Sri Ayuthaya Rd.

Dental Hospital

Bangkok, central

Sukhumvit 55 (Thonglor)

Eye Bangkok Hospital

Bangkok, central

Sukhumvit20

Rutnin Eye Hospital

Bangkok, central

Sukhumvit21

Suburban Bangkok

Name of hospital

Main region

Subregion

Comments

Bangpakok Hospital (chain)

Bangkok, chain

chain of 3

Chularat Hospital (chain)

Bangkok, chain

chain of 10

Yanhee Inrernational Hospital

Bangkok, suburban

Bang-Aoh

Vejthani Hospital

Bangkok, suburban

Bangkapi

Srisiam Hospital

Bangkok, suburban

Bangkapi - Nawamin

Ramkhamheang Hospital

Bangkok, suburban

Bangkapi - Ramkhamhaeng

I've had good exp.

Ladprao General Hospital, Bangkok

Bangkok, suburban

Bangkapi, Lad Prao

Ladphrao Hospital

Bangkok, suburban

Bangkapi, Ladprao Rd.

Central General Hospital

Bangkok, suburban

Bangkhen

Sikarin Hospital

Bangkok, suburban

Bangna

Thai Nakarin Hospital

Bangkok, suburban

Bangna

Bangna 2 Hospital

Bangkok, suburban

Bangna Trat km.23

Bangna 1 Hospital

Bangkok, suburban

Bangna Trat km.3

Chularat Hospital 1

Bangkok, suburban

Bangplee, Samut Prakarn

Piyamin Hospital

Bangkok, suburban

Bangplee, Samutprakarn

Mongkutwanttana Hospital

Bangkok, suburban

Chaeng Wattana

Paolo Memorial Chokechai4 Hospital

Bangkok, suburban

Chokechai 4

Bangna 3 Hospital

Bangkok, suburban

Kingkaew, Bangplee

Chularat Hospital 2

Bangkok, suburban

Klongkud, Kingkaew

Bamradnaradul Hospital

Bangkok, suburban

Nonthaburi

Nonthavej Hospital

Bangkok, suburban

Nonthaburi, by Mall Ngamwongwan

I've had good exp.

Krungthai Hospital

Bangkok, suburban

Pakkred, Nonthaburi

Krung Siam St. Carlos (chain)

Bangkok, suburban

Pathum Thani

I've had good exp.

Bangmod3 Hospital

Bangkok, suburban

Petkasem

Paolo Memorial paholyotin Hospital

Bangkok, suburban

Phahonyothin

Kasemrad Hospital

Bangkok, suburban

Many branches

Panya General Hospital

Bangkok, suburban

Ramkamheang soi 4

Krnngthon 1 Hospital

Bangkok, suburban

Samrae, Thonburi

Samitivej Srinakarin Children's Hospital

Bangkok, suburban

SriNakharin - Suanluang

Samitivej Hospital (chain)

Bangkok, suburban

SriNakharin

Krungthon 2 Hospital

Bangkok, suburban

Suksawat Rd, Ratburana

Bangmod1 Hospital

Bangkok, suburban

Thonburi - Paktor

Krungdhon Hospital

Bangkok, suburban

Thonburi and Rachaburana

Thailand Outside Bangkok

Name of hospital

Main region

Subregion

Comments

Central Chiangmai Memorial Hospital

Chiangmai, central

Muang, Chiangmai

Chiangmai Ram Hospital

Chiangmai, Sripoom

Sripoom, Chiangmai

Bang Pakong Piyawet Hospital

Chonburi

Phyathai Hospital (chain)

Chonburi

Sri Racha

Samitivej Hospital (chain)

Chonburi

Sri Racha

Bangkok Hatyai Hospital

Hat Yai, Songkhla

Hat Yai

Sikarin Hat Yai Hospital

Hat Yai, Songkhla

Hat Yai

Khon Kaen Ram Hospital

Khon Kaen

Muang, Khon Kaen

Bandon Internation Hospital

Koh Samui

Koh Samui

Samui International Hospital (SIH)

Koh Samui

Koh Samui

Thai International Hospital

Koh Samui

Koh Samui

Bangkok Pattaya Hospital

Pattaya

main highway

Pattaya International Hospital (PIH)

Pattaya

Pattaya

Phuket International Hospital

Phuket

Chalermprakiat Ror 9 Rd., Phuket

Vachira Phuket Hospital

Phuket

Taladyai, Phuket

Phuket Advantist Hospital

Phuket

Tepkasatri Rd, Phuket



Rabies

02-252-0161 ext. 27 (maybe outdated)

Rabies Unit,
Thai Red Cross Society

Saovabha Institute,
1871 Rama 4 Rd.




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