Bangkok hospital tries to lure more foreign heart patients

Bangkok-based Phayathai 2 Hospital hopes to increase foreign patients, including those from Myanmar, to come to its renovated new heart centre, according to a hospital executive.

The hospital invested more than US$3.12 million (K4.24 billion) in the heart centre to optimise the quality of care by obtaining cutting-edge medical technology to be the foremost cardiac treatment centre in Asia.

Thouantosaporn Suwanjutah, director of the centre, said the hospital is expecting to increase its heart patients, with 85 percent coming from Thailand and 15pc from overseas.

“About 60pc of the total investment was spent on medical equipments and technology. Another 40pc was used for medical services training and facilities for patients’ safety and comfort,” he said.
Among the foreign clients it hopes to attract are from China, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos, and the Middle East.

The heart centre’s services include mobile coronary care unit, hybrid operation room, cardiac diagnosis investigation, cardiac treatment, and heart and chest surgeries with international standard medical equipment and techniques.

The cardiothoracic surgery teams will be on duty 24 hours a day so patients can get service easily. The hospital has interpreters for foreign patients who are able to speak more than 15 languages.

The heart centre will be able to handle up to 150 outpatients per day in-patients, and around 30 patients per day in recovery.

Prof. Kittichai Luengtaviboon, a minimally invasive cardio vascualr thoracic surgery specialist, said the centre has been set up with international-standard medical equipment to give quality treatment for cardiovascular diseases.

He said its prices will not be much more than other private hospitals.

Acording to the list of Phyathai 2 hospital, around 200 to 250 Myanmar patients visit the hospital per month for all diseases.

“Most Myanmar heart patients are not those suffering from worse condition,” he said.

We provide enough time for the counselling of patients,”he added.

According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 17.7 million people die due to cardiovascular diseases worldwide every year, or 31pc of global deaths.

Thailand ranks sixth as a medical tourism destination in the world and gets an estimated 38pc of patients who come to Asia for treatment.

Source: Myanmar Times

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