How the Medical system works in Thailand
Over the last few years, Thailand has made significant efforts to make access to healthcare easier for the entire Thai population and to improve its medical infrastructures. As a result, the Thai private healthcare system provides high-quality services and the country is ranked as a primary place of choice for medical tourism in Asia.
Thai people contribute to public insurance depending on the type of job they hold (there are 4 different insurances: one for civil servants, one for employees, one for the most disadvantaged people and another one for those who do not meet any of the above criteria, such as self-employed people – in this case, the contribution is called “voluntary”). This insurance, which is “public,” does not cover major medical conditions, including hospitalization, which is why it is strongly recommended to top up this coverage with private insurance. Only expatriated employees with a local contract can benefit from public insurance. Please note that in this case, the insurance will only cover medical care received in public facilities, the quality of which can significantly vary depending on the place. As this insurance provides rather basic coverage, we advise you to take out private healthcare insurance in Thailand.
On the whole, the cost of healthcare in Thailand is affordable and the quality of medical care is improving: indeed a lot of doctors have received their training in Europe and the US, which explains the excellent level of English in a large part of the Thai private medical network.
It is strongly recommended to keep your certificate of insurance with you at all times: Thailand has been receiving an increasing number of visitors coming to get medical care without being able to pay for it. Therefore, it has become frequent that medical facilities ask you to show your international insurance certificate upon admission and/or that they take an imprint of your credit card.