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Foreign patients key driver for hospital business in Thailand

Foreign patients from Asia, notably Japan, China and Myanmar, are on the rise and offsetting a downturn in arrivals from the Middle East

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The Kasikorn Research Center forecasts that foreign patients will continue to be a key driver for the growth of the hospital business in Thailand this year.

Foreign patients are expected to make 3.42 million visits to Thai hospitals, including 2.5 million for medical tourism and 920,000 by expatriates.

Last year, foreign patients made 3.3 million visits to Thai hospitals, with 2.4 million for medical tourism and 900,000 by expats.

Foreign patients from Asia, notably Japan, China and Myanmar, are on the rise and offsetting a downturn in arrivals from the Middle East caused by economic changes and shifts in the internal medical policies of several countries, said a K-Research report.

The research house said Chinese travel to Thailand is still growing, with an estimated 10.4-10.6 million in 2018, up 6.1-8.2% year-on-year.

Thailand’s medical services, in particular medical tourism, have grown more popular in recent years, with various services including cosmetic surgeries, dental treatment and fertility tourism.

The report said that despite more investment in the medical industry in China in recent years, there are still insufficient services in some parts of the mainland, prompting wealthy Chinese to seek medical treatment abroad. K-Research: Foreigners key for hospitals | Bangkok Post: business

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Southeast Asia Covid-19 Latest News

The Delta variant has ripped through Southeast Asia in recent weeks, undoing many countries’ progress against the Covid-19 pandemic. Indonesia has been hit especially hard.

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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) WHO Thailand Situation Report - 22 February 2021

The Delta variant has ripped through Southeast Asia in recent weeks, undoing many countries’ progress against the Covid-19 pandemic. Indonesia has been hit especially hard.

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Thailand COVID-19 Situation (29 June, 2021)

TAT would like to recommend all to take DMHTT precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19: D – Distancing, M – Mask wearing, H – Handwashing, T – Temperature check, and T – Thai Chana contact tracing application.

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COVID-19 Daily Vaccinations

Total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered: 9,416,972

· Total number of people who have received 1 dose: 6,721,038

· Total number of people who have received 2 doses: 2,695,934

Number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered today: +271,534

· Number of people who have received the first dose: +185,261

· Number of people who have received the second dose: +86,273

COVID-19 Daily Situation

Total Cases: 254,515

New Cases: +4,662 Daily Cases: 4,652 & From Prisons: 10)

Receiving Medical Treatment: 47,481

Recovered: 205,064

Deaths: 1,970

TAT would like to recommend all to take DMHTT precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19: D – Distancing, M – Mask wearing, H – Handwashing, T – Temperature check, and T – Thai Chana contact tracing application. 

TAT is constantly providing updates on the tourism-related COVID-19 situation in Thailand at the TAT Newsroom (www.tatnews.org); Facebook (tatnews.org); and Twitter (Tatnews_Org).

For additional information and assistance relating to Thailand’s tourism, contact the TAT Contact Centre 1672 or Tourist Police 1155.

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