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US$300,000,000 / 15,000 = US$20,000 average spend.

Even if there are 20,000 Aussies coming for treatment that would still be an average spend of US$15,000.

 

US$15,000 = AUS$22,000 approx.

US$20,000 = AUS$29,000 approx.

That seems to be a very high average spend when your consider that a facelift is only AUS$4,200 in Thailand.

Maybe somebody has been playing with the figures.

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As we say in Australia - <deleted>.

 

This is merely an advertisement.

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1 minute ago, JimHuaHin said:

As we say in Australia - <deleted>.

 

This is merely an advertisement.

 

 "Crikey!!!"

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What they don't tell you if something goes wrong, say with an operation. What measures are there to protect the patient? In the west, all in the medical profession are held responsible for their actions, I doubt this applies in Thailand !

You can go to central / eastern Europe and get the procedures even for half price in Thailand.

 

With doctors and nurses who have excellent education, and system with all the safety nets.

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add reason #6: because they dont know about india and vietnam(excellent dental care 1/3 thai price.

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3 hours ago, the guest said:

What they don't tell you if something goes wrong, say with an operation. What measures are there to protect the patient? In the west, all in the medical profession are held responsible for their actions, I doubt this applies in Thailand !

One of the reasons cost are lower in Thailand. Doctors are not paying such high premiums on malpractice insurance.  

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Maybe there's value for Australians if the procedure is not covered by the Australian health system. But for anything else, there's quite a lot of risk and compared to the Australia price, it's not cheap at all. In 2012 I had a minor (non-cosmetic) procedure done in RAM Hospital in Chiang Mai after the surgeon convinced me that I was at risk of becoming 'a medical emergency.' It cost around THB60,000 including an overnight stay, but would have been performed at no charge in Australia.

In 2013 I also had a dental implant and crown procedure in Chiang Mai – cost at the time worked out to around $A3,000, although with the current exchange rate it would be a lot more than that. I wasn't satisfied with the treatment: the dental assistants stayed in the room when they took x-rays (and to me that spoke volumes about their hygiene procedures), the dentist  kept trying to up-sell and make the procedure more complicated and more expensive (eg bone grafts) than it needed to be, and to this day I don't know if I was given the top-grade implant I paid for or just any old locally made one. In fairness, it's six years later and that implant has given me no trouble.

A couple of years ago I had a similar implant procedure done in Australia by a dentist who specialises in implants and who considers Thailand as his competition.  Unlike the Thai dentist, he guarantees his work (if the implant fails within a specified time frame, either do the job again at no charge or give me my money back). So far, no problem.  I'm now about to get a third implant from the same Australian dentist: cost for the whole procedure (extraction of the old tooth/3D x-ray/implant/crown) is around $A3,300, but my health insurance coverage of around ~$2,200 will leave me paying a total bill of about $1100.

If I wanted a cosmetic procedure that isn't covered under the Australian health system I might still consider Thailand, but for the most part I now see very little benefit in coming to Thailand for medical or dental treatment. 

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If I've understood correctly India is cheaper and as good. 

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