Thailand’s medical tourism likely to soar in 2023


SIMILAR to the improvement of the overall tourism industry, the medical tourism sector too has started to bounce back and is expected to generate 25 billion baht revenue in the new year, INN News said this morning (Jan. 5).

Mr. Anucha Burapachaisri, deputy secretary-general to the Prime Minister for political affairs acting as a spokesman, said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is pleased that the tourism industry which had plunged drastically during the Covid pandemic is now growing steadily helped by global trends and the effort made by the government.

Latest analysis by TMBThanachart Bank (ttb) projects that the medical tourism sector will generate as much as 25 billion baht revenue in 2023 as it rides the overall rise of the tourism industry.

This bank’s research centre also mentioned that Thailand is an important medical tourism destination because it ranked fifth out of 195 countries in the Global Health Security (GHS) Index and first in Asia.

GHS Index’s scoring system creates an aggregate country score by averaging capacity strength in six indicator categories (Prevention, Detection and Reporting, Rapid Response, Health System, Compliance with International Norms, Risk Environment). It then ranks countries by comparing these scores to that of each of the 195 countries examined.

The increased popularity of wellness tourism and development of modern medical technology are the main factors supporting the growth of commercial tourism in the future. This is an important opportunity for Thailand as it has the potential to boost both medical personnel and hospitals according to international standards yet at affordable rates, ttb’s research said.


Representative images of Thai medical tourism. Top image: Thai Rath, Front Page image: Matichon

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