Private hospitals however offer
excellent medical facilities with hundreds of clinics to choose from. Most private practitioners speak English
in Thailand and you can get maximum health coverage for much lower costs than in other developed countries.
Things to be aware of
While the healthcare system is strong
in Thailand, there are a number of broader health issues that expats need to be aware of.
Firstly, HIV is present and on the rise
in Thailand, with 1% if the adult population reported to be HIV positive at the end of 2011. In addition, it’s
possible to contract hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Thailand, regardless of where you stay
or what you eat. Water pollution is also present across the country, so it’s advisable to avoid drinking any
Furthermore, Thailand has a big problem
with air pollution, especially in highly populated areas such as Bangkok. During the months of March and April
there is a lot of smog haze, which may aggravate respiratory problems. It’s important for expats to pay
attention to local information regarding the air quality.
Ahead of your move
protect yourself against some of these health issues, expats moving to Thailand should see a doctor six to
eight weeks before their departure date. Before leaving it’s important to ensure you’re up to date with all
routine vaccinations, including:
The CDC also recommends that all
travellers to Thailand receive hepatitis A, hepatitis B and typhoid vaccinations. The typhoid vaccine is
especially advisable for those staying in small cities or visiting more rural areas of Thailand.
Medication and dental services
For expats that require regular
medication, pharmacies are found throughout Thailand and the majority of pharmacists speak English. In
addition, there are many medications that can be bought over the counter that would require a prescription in
Looking at dental services, Thailand
has many qualified dentists and many of whom have been trained in Australia, the US or the UK, and are English
speaking. Oral health care is provided both through the public and private systems, but the majority of
procedures are not covered by basic medical insurance, so your options are to take out private insurance or pay
for the service yourself.