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Am rather surprised at that 70k quote from St Louis Hospital as both my wife and I had procedures done at Vejthani Hospital two years ago at 35k each eye with normal IOL and do not believe price should have increased much (although believe they also estimated a much higher price - 45 or 50k I believe prior to surgery).

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Yes, I was also surprised as would have expected it to be less than Rutnin.  Possibly inflation due to email inquery...we didn't go in person.

 

I doubt Vejthani is still 35K though. Private hospital rates have gone through the roof in past few years.

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can anyone go the Military Hospital? Thais & Farang alike?

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Yes. However, for Thais, it is free only for members of the military and their dependents. Other Thais would have to pay full price out of pocket, for which reason the majority go to regular government hospitals instead, rendering those much more severely crowded. (Which is not to say military hospitals are uncrowded -they are not - but it is a matter of degree).

 

For a foreigner, since we have to pay full price anyhow, the cost is generally the same at a military or regular government hospital.

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Yes. Per eye. And standard IOL only, progressive lenses would add considerably to the cost.

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On 12/28/2016 at 7:18 PM, Sheryl said:

Yes. Per eye. And standard IOL only, progressive lenses would add considerably to the cost.

 

Great, thank you Sheryl for this very useful info!

 

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The surgery was performed yesterday and final tab, including post op meds, can to 16,500 baht. That does not include the pre-op tests and initial consultation, nor the follow up checks (all of 50 baht for those!).

 

It went very well. I was in the OR and able to observe everything. The amenities were much less than at a private hospital but the nuts and bolts medical care was flawless and the staff and surgeon clearly knew what they were doing.

 

Bandages came off today and she is seeing great - vision 20/25, minimal inflammation, healing well.

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Did she have to stay overnight. I have had two done at the Kalasin Government Hospital. First one they wanted me to check in the day before, out the day after. Ended up being admitted the day before, but over nighting in my apartment, did spend the second night in a private room. The second I was no longer living in Kalasin, so over nighted two nights. There was no waiting period to speak of for either, maybe a couple of weeks. The last one was about five years ago, and about ฿16,000.

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No, this was as an outpatient. But I gather that the Thai patients (who are all being treated free of charge) are admitted; in fact the doctor told me this was the first time they had done it as an outpatient. They were very nice and made every effort to help use keep the costs down, understanding that we had to pay out of pocket.

 

Why on earth one would admit someone to hospital for this, I c annto imagine, though.

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Spent a good part of today at Rutnin Eye Hospital discussing and being tested for Cataract Surgery.  General exam, had my eyes scanned, vision checked, blood pressure checked, blood tests, heart test (my blood pressure was high so not sure if this was related to that) and general consultation with the specialist who would do the surgery (Dr. Roy, who others on here have recommended and I too was very favorably impressed with him).  Today cost about 4,000 THB, and they gave me the following prices for having the surgery done and IOL lenses inserted:

Standard Monofocal IOL Lenses
65,000 - 70,000 THB per eye
85,000 - 90,000 THB per eye with Toric lens to correct astigmatism

Multifocal IOL Lenses
100 ,000  - 110,000 THB per eye
120,000 - 140,000 THB per eye with Toric lens to correct astigmatism

With my current contact lenses I have a Toric lens in each eye.  However they said that does necessarily mean I would need a Toric IOL.  They will have to do another measurement to determine that.  But before they can do that measurement and to make it as accurate as possible, I have to stop wearing contact lenses for 5 days and rely on my glasses during that time.

 
Apparently Multifocal lenses have improved significantly in recent years.  I was told that Toric Multifocal lenses were not available a few years ago.  Also that 'halos' people see with today's Multifocal lenses are not as bad as 10 years ago and for most people are not a big deal.


 

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14 hours ago, MMan said:

Spent a good part of today at Rutnin Eye Hospital discussing and being tested for Cataract Surgery.  General exam, had my eyes scanned, vision checked, blood pressure checked, blood tests, heart test (my blood pressure was high so not sure if this was related to that) and general consultation with the specialist who would do the surgery (Dr. Roy, who others on here have recommended and I too was very favorably impressed with him).  Today cost about 4,000 THB, and they gave me the following prices for having the surgery done and IOL lenses inserted:

Standard Monofocal IOL Lenses
65,000 - 70,000 THB per eye
85,000 - 90,000 THB per eye with Toric lens to correct astigmatism

Multifocal IOL Lenses
100 ,000  - 110,000 THB per eye
120,000 - 140,000 THB per eye with Toric lens to correct astigmatism

With my current contact lenses I have a Toric lens in each eye.  However they said that does necessarily mean I would need a Toric IOL.  They will have to do another measurement to determine that.  But before they can do that measurement and to make it as accurate as possible, I have to stop wearing contact lenses for 5 days and rely on my glasses during that time.

 
Apparently Multifocal lenses have improved significantly in recent years.  I was told that Toric Multifocal lenses were not available a few years ago.  Also that 'halos' people see with today's Multifocal lenses are not as bad as 10 years ago and for most people are not a big deal.


 

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I'm considering having this done too, but Dr. Roy , would it be a Dr. Ronit Roy?   just curious

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