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Phuket International Hospital Makes Medical Tourism Road Show

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Published on Phuketwan.com February 10.

PHUKET International Hospital is about to enter its second phase of a more aggressive marketing campaign to attract Australians to the island for cosmetic surgery.

In what may be one of the few bright spots for Phuket tourism in the coming year, the hospital is expecting significant growth in its revenues from the Australian market alone.

Working with Australian specialist travel agent Destiny Meditravel, the hospital has created full travel and treatment packages that dozens of Australians have signed up for since the initial program was launched in early 2008.

Peter Davison, Manager International Services, and plastic surgeon Dr Rushapol Sdawat of the hospital's cosmetic surgery unit, Phuket International Aesthetic Centre, are set to travel to several cities in Australia in March to promote the hospital's services in seminars and mini-conferences.

Despite what Mr Davison describes as ''sensationalist'' reports in the Australian press about botched surgeries in Thailand, more Australians are coming to Phuket to have work done.

Not only are there significant cost savings to having surgery performed in Phuket, patients also get the opportunity to enjoy a two-week holiday on the resort island at the same time, Mr Davison says.

A breast augmentation package offered by the hospital costs AUS$5200, which includes the cost of the hospital treatment, 14 days in a hotel, airfare, transfers and breakfast .

Surgical costs alone for the same procedure in Australia are listed as AUS$10,450 on a Cosmetic Surgery Institute of Australia website.

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