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Medical tourism package will go ahead, but under strict control

By THE NATION

 

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Taweesin Visanuyothin

 

Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesperson for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said on Thursday (July 16) that Thailand’s medical tourism and wellness programmes will go ahead despite the discovery of two Covid-19 cases this week.

 

The Public Health Ministry is scheduled to announce a list of hospitals that pass its criteria next week, and the first group of medical tourists will land in Thailand in the next two weeks.

The spokesman said this programme will be operated under strict guidelines, such as ensuring general patients are safe and visitors are not allowed to enter public spaces.

 

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The visitors, arriving under a special visa, will be provided with massage and spa services, fitness programmes, healthy meals and herbal products.

 

According to an announcement on July 3, more than 1,700 medical tourists have registered for the programme. The first batch will come from 17 countries, including Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, China, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

 

These tourists will only be allowed to travel around Thailand once their 14-day quarantine and treatment has been completed.

 

Medical tourists who test positive for Covid-19 will be treated for the virus in special areas prepared for foreigners at private hospitals.

 

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Medical tourists will undergo Covid-19 tests three times: before departing for Thailand, upon arrival and before returning home.

 

Only medical tourists travelling by air will be granted entry into Thailand, and they must all have a certificate of entry from a Thai embassy.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30391421

 

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2 hours ago, webfact said:

Medical tourists will undergo Covid-19 tests three times: before departing for Thailand, upon arrival and before returning home.

And then, after 3 succesful negative results, they go into the general population to get infected, even though Thailand supposedly is "covid free". To get covid in the BTS, develop symptoms, go to hospital, and get refused covid testing.

 

Funny, right?

 

Gosh, if it was me, I'd either do no quarantine at all or I would not leave quarantine to risk my life in public. 😏🤥

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20 minutes ago, overherebc said:

If you come for medical reasons why do you need to travel anywhere apart from the airport and the place of treatment?

Just askin'

I think they combine business for hospitals with expansion of Thailand's quarantine capacities.

The idea is not bad. Keep them in the country to spend money.

 

But still no info about the procedure. They can't be serious that medical tourists will apply for a repatriation flight.

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31 minutes ago, tribalfusion001 said:

They really are clueless, the middle eastern countries are full of covid-19, might as well invite everyone and have 14 day quarantine.

 

The health/wellness program is a screen for higher quality visitors.  No cheap charlies, no mongers.

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41 minutes ago, tribalfusion001 said:

They really are clueless, the middle eastern countries are full of covid-19, might as well invite everyone and have 14 day quarantine.

I think the idea is the middle eastern countries are full of (oil) money. 

 

Too bad oil price is at the bottom.

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They will fly into Utopia dressed as Egyptian soldiers and be booked into an unknown hotel in Rayong and allowed unrestricted access to Malls for shopping before going to some unknown hospital. Better not let Thai people know which hospital to avoid people freeking out,

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3 hours ago, Yorkshire Tea said:

I agree.  From the OP "The visitors, arriving under a special visa, will be provided with massage and spa services, fitness programmes, healthy meals and herbal products."  That doesn't sound like your usual medical treatment, & probably done at a luxury spa resort...

Spa etc is for accompanying persons while the patient gets all thd medical treatment he is willing to pay for. 

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4 hours ago, tribalfusion001 said:

They really are clueless, the middle eastern countries are full of covid-19, might as well invite everyone and have 14 day quarantine.

Mind boggles. Just look at infections:population. Are they really concerned about keeping infections out?

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5 hours ago, Berti said:

How should this be possible when only repatriation flights organized by the embassies are allowed to bring in passengers?

 

The embassy told me, only urgent cases are considered and you need a confirmation from your home hospital that the treatment must be done in Thailand.

This means people from low standard countries coming in. ???? Wow, I'm speechless.

 

They can fill business class on repat flights.

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