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I need to do a checkup (endoscopy) of my esophagus every 3 years so I went to Queen Sirikit Naval Hospital in Rayong.

 

After several hours it was revealed that they do only employ one gastroenterologist on a part time basis and I would have to wait until March 2020 or even longer to get an appointment for that (..."and even then the doctor might have left..." my Thai wife was told).

 

Besides she was told that as a farang with a lot of money I should go to Bangkok Pattaya Hospital or "other international hospital" to get a more immediate date. I did not really feel welcome.

 

Now I am simply not willing to pay the prices of a private hospital although I easily could.

 

Has anybody an idea where I could ask (best is near to Pattaya, Rayong, Si Racha etc., Bangkok possible but not preferred) to get this simple checkup and sampling of tissue (did it a number of times in Switzerland) within a couple of weeks at a reasonable price ? And while we are at it it could be extended to include a coloscopy with removing small polyps as well. Easily done while they give you propofol.

 

Any help is very much appreciated. Thank you.

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Are unwilling to go to any private hospital, or just unwilling to go to the most expensive ones?

 

You are going to run into long waits at any government hospital in the area for this. Fastest government hospital option is probably the Chulabhorn Hospiatl in Bangkok.  But even there may be a wait list though usually less than at the other govt hospitals

 

http://www.chulabhornhospital.com/

 

Otherwise if you don't mind a long wait, the Red Cross Hospital in Sri Racha is a likely bet.

 

Not sure what you will consider to be a reasonable price, even at government hospital will run around 5,000 - 6,000 baht for each endoscopy and more for biopsy (how much depending on number of specimens).

 

Don't be too cavalier about where this is done,. The procedure is not without risks and the skill of the pathologist in reading the samples is very, very important. I also recommend you request to receive the slides to bring back to Switzerland with you just in case,

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Go where you need to...to get your endoscopy taken care of...do you really want to bicker over the price of your health and peace of mind?

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my wife had both done at bangkok rayong, i thought the price was fair, 

see  Nopporn Charoenthong, M.D.

อายุรศาสตร์โรคระบบทางเดินอาหาร
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On 12/5/2019 at 3:42 PM, Sheryl said:

Are unwilling to go to any private hospital, or just unwilling to go to the most expensive ones?

.........

 

Not sure what you will consider to be a reasonable price, even at government hospital will run around 5,000 - 6,000 baht for each endoscopy and more for biopsy (how much depending on number of specimens).

 

Don't be too cavalier about where this is done,. The procedure is not without risks and the skill of the pathologist in reading the samples is very, very important. I also recommend you request to receive the slides to bring back to Switzerland with you just in case,

Thanks Sheryl

 

Any place is OK as long as it is a good quality treatment and not a rip off. I did this (combined coloscopy and gastroscopy incl. samples / removal of polyps several times in Switzerland with a private gastroenterologist. Price everything included about THB 21'000.-- with propofol anesthesia. Top notch doctor / equipment. Waiting time about 2 weeks.

 

Now in Thailand: Cannot wait many months for I have acute problems swallowing. I, resp. my wife will ask at Chulabhorn, Red Cross and "Bangkok Rayong" whatever this is. Will find out. Bangkok Pattaya Hospital charged me once about THB 90'000.-- for a 3.5 days stay because of diarrhea (with dehydration) and this is not the level of cost I am really happy with - therefore I am looking for alternatives.

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On 12/5/2019 at 6:54 PM, steve187 said:

my wife had both done at bangkok rayong, i thought the price was fair, 

see  Nopporn Charoenthong, M.D.

อายุรศาสตร์โรคระบบทางเดินอาหาร

Thanks steve187

May I ask what Bangkok Rayong is ? Is there a Bangkok Hospital there ?

I am only aware of the Bangkok Pattaya Hospital.

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Surgical Endoscopy Chulalongkorn Hospital
They have a facebook page with the same name.

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Yes, there is a Bangkok Hospital in Rayong

 

Most Thai private hospitals wil cost more for this than you paid in Switzerland.

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On 12/5/2019 at 5:22 PM, Puchaiyank said:

Go where you need to...to get your endoscopy taken care of...do you really want to bicker over the price of your health and peace of mind?

I have done this many times. It is quite standard - at least in Switzerland. In and out in less than 2 hours

for both coloscopy and gastroscopy. With anestesia.

 

I wonder what will happen if I would really need some serious treatment for whatever. Not possible resp. not advisable in Thailand, the medical hub of asia ?

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5 minutes ago, orchis said:

Surgical Endoscopy Chulalongkorn Hospital
They have a facebook page with the same name.

Thanks. I will check. Unfortuntely I do not have a Facebook membership nor would I ever want one. Is this in Bangkok ?

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It is but if going to Bkk I suggest again Chulabhorn, less wait.

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2 hours ago, moogradod said:

Thanks steve187

May I ask what Bangkok Rayong is ? Is there a Bangkok Hospital there ?

I am only aware of the Bangkok Pattaya Hospital.

yes one overlooking the sea in rayong

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4 hours ago, moogradod said:

I have done this many times. It is quite standard - at least in Switzerland. In and out in less than 2 hours

for both coloscopy and gastroscopy. With anestesia.

 

I wonder what will happen if I would really need some serious treatment for whatever. Not possible resp. not advisable in Thailand, the medical hub of asia ?

I can assure you that if you had an acute condition where a doctor thought an endoscopy was needed pronto, you'd be able to get it fairly soon if you were already an in-patient in a gov't hospital in Thailand.  

 

That's not the situation in your case.  Thailand is promoting itself as a medical hub, but the government hospitals are not marketing themselves as a destination for routine screening procedures for foreigners.

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4 hours ago, moogradod said:

Now in Thailand: Cannot wait many months for I have acute problems swallowing

Reading this, and knowing your past history, if it were me I would be into any good hospital like a shot, regardless of cost.

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6 hours ago, moogradod said:

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I wonder what will happen if I would really need some serious treatment for whatever. Not possible resp. not advisable in Thailand, the medical hub of asia ?

 

Sorry I din't know what you mean by "resp." ??

 

If you are in urgent need of care obviously you can go to a hospital here. Private ones are costly and depending on what it is for a bill can run as high as several million (can also be much less of course...but rarely less than 100,000 if admitted). And they will ask for at least partial payment up front.

 

Government hospitals will cost about 1/4 as much but also ecpect to be paid.

 

I would hardly call Thailand the "medical hub of Asia". It is possible to get good care here if you chose your doctor carefully but in no respect is Thailand on par with say Singapore for health care quality and innovation.

 

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