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Hospitals & Healthcare

Statistics show that British nationals are more likely to be admitted to hospital when visiting Thailand than any other country in the world. There are excellent private hospitals in Thailand but they can be expensive. It is imperative that you have fully comprehensive medical insurance cover and that you completely understand the policy before travelling to Thailand otherwise you may find yourself facing huge medical bills for which you will be personally responsible.

Public hospitals and clinics in Thailand are not always up to UK standards, particularly in the coastal islands and many mainland districts outside Bangkok where hospitals and clinics are not equipped to deal with major trauma. Many hospitals require guarantee of payment for the hospital bills before they begin treatment. Ensure you complete the next of kin details in the back of your passport.

Precautions & Advice

  • Dengue fever and malaria occur in Thailand. During 2010, there were over 115,000 reported cases of dengue and 141 reported deaths. Visit your GP to discuss preventative measures against dengue and malaria, including malaria prevention tablets.
  • There are cases of Chikungunya virus in 50 of Thailand’s provinces, including the tourist destination of Phuket. The symptoms are similar to dengue fever.

Further Information

Seek medical advice before travelling to Thailand and ensure all vaccinations are up to date. For further information on vaccination requirements, health outbreaks and general disease protection and prevention visit the National Travel Heath Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) or NHS Fit for Travel websites or call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.

The information on this page is supplied by the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office. If you do not live in the UK please check with the relevant office in your country of residence for this information.