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Hi, as a foreigner I had been thinking where to go and check myself if I have pain or some other health problems.

What do you recommend? Government hospital, private hospital, clinic...? What differences are there? Don't know how everything works for foreigners here. I would of course need somewhere where they speak English (although I have a Thai girlfriend). I live right now in the San Sai area so I don't know

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1 hour ago, FolkGuitar said:

Chiang Mai Ram Hospital if you have the money and want luxury treatment. No waiting for treatment.

Rajavege (?) Hospital if you have it, but don't want to waste it on luxury treatment.  20-min wait.

Sri Phat Hospital if you don't have money, but want top-level medical care. Bring a sleeping bag...

Haha, nice answer! One option for every level! 😄

 

yeah, I don't have much money but want good medical care so I might go for Sri phat then. 

is it a lot of difference in how much you pay between the options you gave?

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Sometimes a pharmacy will suffice, I have a great one near me that Skype's a Dr if she is unsure...no extra charge and perfect English, 

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1 hour ago, FolkGuitar said:

Chiang Mai Ram Hospital if you have the money and want luxury treatment. No waiting for treatment.

Rajavege (?) Hospital if you have it, but don't want to waste it on luxury treatment.  20-min wait.

Sri Phat Hospital if you don't have money, but want top-level medical care. Bring a sleeping bag...

For luxury I found the main hospital of Chiang Mai ram to be kind of a dump.  Seemed old and dirty with many people who looked poor waiting.  Do they take overflow from government hospitals?  Just sayin.

A much better option that I chose was Bangkok CM hospital.  More updated, cleaner and professional I thought.

Either way, it will cost more.  But, how much is a persons health worth to them? Always amazes me how many just want the cheapest alternative.

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Initially for assessment and diagnosis as an outpatient (not admitted) I would go to the highest quality option. Outpatient fees are cheap here. Even at Bangkok Hospital (which is top quality, good English, etc, better than Ram) the outpatient fees, even with seeing a specialist, are reasonable. X-rays and the like are are bit more expensive but still reasonable. If the examination, tests, and diagnosis reveals that the person has a serious problem that will require admission (possible surgery, etc.) but it is not an immediate emergency, then maybe look around for a cheaper hospital. Prices for surgery can differ by large factors between hospitals.  That's my 2 cents anyway. 

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1 hour ago, bkk6060 said:

For luxury I found the main hospital of Chiang Mai ram to be kind of a dump.  Seemed old and dirty with many people who looked poor waiting.  Do they take overflow from government hospitals?  Just sayin.

A much better option that I chose was Bangkok CM hospital.  More updated, cleaner and professional I thought.

Either way, it will cost more.  But, how much is a persons health worth to them? Always amazes me how many just want the cheapest alternative.

I don't think it's always about the cheapest alternative but not many people want to pay more than they need too. Of what I have read, many people feel that private hospitals overcharge much more than what they actually give. Well, of course, if you don't have much money then you don't want the most expensive option, not everyone have the resources to pay a lot, specially if it is something small they need to check

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2 hours ago, Cristiancjb said:

Haha, nice answer! One option for every level! 😄

 

yeah, I don't have much money but want good medical care so I might go for Sri phat then. 

is it a lot of difference in how much you pay between the options you gave?

 

In some cases, the costs could be double!  But a 7,000 baht visit to Chiang Mai Ram or Bangkok Hospital will cost about 4000 at SriPhat.  SriPhat is CMU Medical Center's hospital, and often staffed with the teaching faculty of the various medical specialties. VERY up-to-date medical care, and certainly more diagnostic machinery than any of the others. But you do have to wait your turn.

 

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I like Lanna hospital, costs are equal to Rajavej which is also good. I went to Lanna today for the required health check for insurance. They have "packages" but not one that included all the tests that I needed. They're close to town and I've used them for Xrays and other minor stuff.

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17 hours ago, bkk6060 said:

For luxury I found the main hospital of Chiang Mai ram to be kind of a dump.  Seemed old and dirty with many people who looked poor waiting.   

 

A much better option that I chose was Bangkok CM hospital.  More updated, cleaner and professional I thought.

 

I totally agree with these opinions.

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Find yourself a GP, general practitioner as we British say. 

Dr T at Lho Kroi clinic is often quoted as best in town, Dr Morgan on Hang Dong Rd has a strong following I have used both and no complaints about the Medical side of the job.

I have used the Ram since 2001 when I came here and have had about 6 operations there no complains on medical side but as folk say not the cheapest. Bangkok hospital is new and so more modern, I have only used it once and was not Happy nothing I can put my finger on.

Suan Dok the main government hospital is good, very quick ER and efficient service when I got bit by a dog and not expensive.

Haven't tried the other public hospitals but as people say much cheaper then Private.

 

john

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19 hours ago, FolkGuitar said:

 

I don't wish to pay for a full-time piano player in the reception area. I'd rather spend my money on medical care.

Not full time...only on Fridays.....and they throw in a violinist as well!!!

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On 1/26/2020 at 11:04 AM, FolkGuitar said:

Chiang Mai Ram Hospital if you have the money and want luxury treatment. No waiting for treatment.

Rajavege (?) Hospital if you have it, but don't want to waste it on luxury treatment.  20-min wait.

Sri Phat Hospital if you don't have money, but want top-level medical care. Bring a sleeping bag...

I would not call Sriphat cheap by any means. The last two procedures that I needed done, C.M. Ram beat the price by a long shot (by more than 7K THB).

 

Of course I like Sriphat but their prices are up on average of 100-150% over the last 10 years. For a health check then they may offer promotions from time to time.

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