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10th, October
Bangkok Boob Jobs! Nip ‘tuck surgery at US medical Standards.

IF you knew a medical procedure you needed could be done at the same quality but half the price internationally, would you jump on a plane to have it done?

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It is estimated that around 15,000 Australians are heading overseas for nip tuck holidays every year, spending a total of $300 million on medical procedures — some of them life saving.

It’s called medical tourism, and it’s having a significant impact on global healthcare, including in Australia, where our health system is straining under the weight of an ageing population and long waiting lists for elective surgery.

Thailand is leading the world as a medical tourism destination, earning a staggering $4.31 billion in revenue from the industry in 2013. Of the 26.5 million people who visited Thailand in 2013, 2.5 million came purely for medical reasons. That number has been growing at an average of 15 per cent a year over the past decade.

It’s done been changing the landscape in terms of price; in any facet of our life people want value for money.

Medical tourism has been around forever when people would travel for procedures not available in their country. Now people are going to underdeveloped countries for things that are offered in Australia because it’s cheaper.

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However Bangkok is changing this image dodgy backyard jobs and unqualified surgeons by offering a select group of world class hospitals, state of the art technology and internationally trained physicians.

And then there’s the value. A trip to the dentist for a filling in Australia will set you back around $150, in Thailand it’s $30. Breast implants will cost at least $8000 at home, compared to around $3000-$4000 in Thailand. It is this reality that is changing the medical landscape, as Australians and travellers worldwide are lured by cheaper costs, no wait lists and technology often better than what they’d find at home.

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Walking into the hospital today, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a five-star hotel rather than a hospital ward. Lounge areas offer free (non alcoholic) drinks, check-in desks look more like civilised bank tellers, in-house travel agents organise visa extensions and a whole wing is dedicated to interpreters offering translator services for its international patients.

Then there’s the hospital rooms. The top of the line rooms are like small apartments with a living room, bathroom and kitchen all tastefully decorated, offering Wi-Fi, and room for partners or family to stay.

SAMITIVEJ PLASTIC SURGERY CENTRE, BANGKOK

Our hospital in Bangkok, Samitivej Plastic Surgery Center offers a full range of high quality healthcare services specializing in plastic surgery. As the main hospital for our plastic surgery in Bangkok- this newly renovated hospital has 150 beds and 6 brand new operating rooms.

It is a member of the fastest growing Hospital Network in Thailand and Bangkok’s most highly regarded hospital group. The Samitivej brand is a well known brand in Thailand and people regard it as a high quality hospital.

. We offer our clients another destination for their cosmetic holidays experience with many procedures to beautify themselves through plastic surgery with our team of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and caring medical team.

We specialize in all types of cosmetic surgery procedures including all breast surgeries such as breast augmentation, breast lift and breast reductions. In addition to body contouring, such as Tummy tucks, Vaser liposuction and all lifting procedures. Face lifts, neck lifts, rhinoplasty and upper and lower Blepharoplasty are offered and a full range of reconstructive surgeries are also available.

One of Bangkok’s largest plastic surgery centers, we are fully committed to provide quality care and to bring the latest medical technologies to our clients at affordable costs.

We work only with highly experienced board certified plastic surgeons and offer excellent customer care to our clients from the Cosmetic Holidays International Team in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Thailand though the entire process!

From your first inquiry through to confirming your suitability with one of our surgeons, to advising the best surgeon for your needs and confirming the price, we also arrange your luxury 4 star accommodation package with 24/7 care from your Cosmetic Holidays International coordinator.

We guide and support you through the entire experience and provide ongoing advice, support and genuine care ! All VIP transfers are part of the service we offer from the airport-hotel-hospital for consultations, surgery, follow-ups are all personally arranged for you.

Safety is always our main concern, so therefore we do all major surgeries under general anesthesia with admission into the hospital ward for minimum one night.

In addition to the new OR rooms, we have a newly renovated ward and team of caring nurses with many years experience.

The hospital room is a single room with own toilet and bath, flat screen, WIFI, room service menu, fridge and tea making facilities. We have a nice restaurant in the hospital as well. If you bring your husband / wife or partner they can sleep on the sofa in your ward for free and arrange affordable 4 star luxury accommodation for the 8 day stay post-op.

SAMITIVEJ PLASTIC SURGERY CENTRE, BANGKOK

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Our hospital in Bangkok, Samitivej Plastic Surgery Center offers a full range of high quality healthcare services specializing in plastic surgery. As the main hospital for our plastic surgery in Bangkok- this newly renovated hospital has 150 beds and 6 brand new operating rooms.

It is a member of the fastest growing Hospital Network in Thailand and Bangkok’s most highly regarded hospital group. The Samitivej brand is a well known brand in Thailand and people regard it as a high quality hospital.

Located on the 6th floor at Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital. We offer our clients another destination for their cosmetic holidays experience with many procedures to beautify themselves through plastic surgery with our team of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and caring medical team.

We specialize in all types of cosmetic surgery procedures including all breast surgeries such as breast augmentation, breast lift and breast reductions. In addition to body contouring, such as Tummy tucks, Vaser liposuction and all lifting procedures. Face lifts, neck lifts, rhinoplasty and upper and lower Blepharoplasty are offered and a full range of reconstructive surgeries are also available.

One of Bangkok’s largest plastic surgery centers, we are fully committed to provide quality care and to bring the latest medical technologies to our clients at affordable costs.

We work only with highly experienced board certified plastic surgeons and offer excellent customer care to our clients from the Cosmetic Holidays International Team in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Thailand though the entire process!

From your first inquiry through to confirming your suitability with one of our surgeons, to advising the best surgeon for your needs and confirming the price, we also arrange your luxury 4 star accommodation package with 24/7 care from your Cosmetic Holidays International coordinator.

We guide and support you through the entire experience and provide ongoing advice, support and genuine care ! All VIP transfers are part of the service we offer from the airport-hotel-hospital for consultations, surgery, follow-ups are all personally arranged for you.

Safety is always our main concern, so therefore we do all major surgeries under general anesthesia with admission into the hospital ward for minimum one night.

In addition to the new OR rooms, we have a newly renovated ward and team of caring nurses with many years experience.

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The hospital room is a single room with own toilet and bath, flat screen, WIFI, room service menu, fridge and tea making facilities. We have a nice restaurant in the hospital as well. If you bring your husband / wife or partner they can sleep on the sofa in your ward for free and arrange affordable 4 star luxury accommodation for the 8 day stay post-op.

 

Costs — why is it so much cheaper?

Thailand’s medical procedures are around 30 to 40 per cent cheaper than we’d pay in Australia and up to 50 to 70 per cent less than in the US. While there’s no difference in the cost of medical technology and drugs, it’s the difference in labour costs that make it so competitive.

A nurse can expect to be paid around $17,000 in Thailand compared to $70,000 in Australia. Doctors earn around $50,000 in Thailand compared to $150,000 plus at home. Malpractice premiums are far less too. Doctors may pay around $1000 in Thailand, compared to the US where annual premiums have sky rocketed to $100,000. Then there’s the competition that keeps prices low, as the market battles for the international tourist dollar.

Surgery costs: Australia v Thailand

Breast implants: Australia — $8,000-$12,000, Thailand — $3,000-$4,000

Facelift: Australia — $9,000-$10,000, Thailand — $4,000-$5,500

Tummy tuck: Australia — $7,000-8,000, Thailand — $5,000-$5,200

Dental implant Australia — $3,500-$7,500, Thailand -$2,300

Knee/hip replacement in Australia — $20,000, Thailand — $12,000 -14,000

Fees in Thailand do not include airfares or hotel accommodation (needed for recovery once patients are discharged).

Why are Australians choosing Thailand?

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Every patient news.com.au spoke to had a different story for why they are sitting in a five star Bangkok hotel waiting for surgery or recovering from a procedure.

“It’s like the Athlete’s Foot of the boob,” said Michelle, a 33 year old media professional from the Hunter Valley in NSW who had breast implants, teeth whitening and fillings.

Michelle says her experience in the Bangkok medical system was better than anything she had at home. From the doctor patient interaction to the compassion and care of the nurses, the biggest difference was the after-care. She spent three days in hospital and eight days in a five-star hotel after her procedure. She compares this to a friend at home who paid $12,000 for breast implants and was discharged from hospital the same day.

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Then there’s 30-year-old Calli from Subiaco in Western Australia, who flew over for rhinoplasty and breast implants. After having her nose fractured twice when she was 19, she booked her surgeries 12 months ago after hearing about it from a couple of friend.

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“There’s a get ‘em in, get ‘em out attitude in Australia,” she says. “After one night I wouldn’t have even be able to lift a glass to have a drink of water,” she added, relieved she had longer to recover in a Thai hospital.

From breast implants to whole body transformations, patients range in age from early 20s to 60s.

The end result was worth all the pain for Calli.

The end result was worth all the pain for Calli. 

Jaye, a 20-year-old recruitment manager from Bunbury in Western Australia paid $2000 for veneers and to have her wisdom teeth removed, and says she is finally confident to smile again.

Tracy, a 51-year-old Australian mother, googled “cosmetic surgery in Thailand” and two hours later it was a done deal. Recovering from an arm, face and neck lift, as well as a tummy tuck and liposuction she paid $20,000 after being quoted more than $80,000 at home.

“It’s been a confidence lift, I did it to make myself feel better,” she said. Two surgeries and seven days in hospital, she said the support has been unbelievable. “They are more interested in what your expectations are here compared to Australia.”

Then there’s the recovery!

Cosmetic Holidays International provide affordable apartment-style accommodation with nurse visits as part of the service!

Or you can stay in 5 star luxury hotels and really live it up in Bangkok for a fraction of what you would pay in Australia for the same service.  It all depends upon the desires, budget and individual needs of each patient and the family/ friend they bring along!

The options are endless!

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BANGKOK, THAILAND - OCTOBER 2, 2015: MBK Shopping Center. It was the largest mall in Asia when opened in 1985 and still receives more than 100,000 visitors daily.

 

The verdict

Medical tourism is only set to increase as emerging economies, spiralling costs and wait lists demand a change in the way we deliver healthcare.

“In the educated patient” [negative outcomes] are rare,” says Dr Rizk.

And the group of Australian women in Bangkok couldn’t agree more.

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“I’d go back to the hospital just for the service, it was like a hotel,” said Jackie.

“It was the best experience of my life.”