Many tourists have health checks in Thailand because the hospitals are well set up to deal with medical tourists and have tailored consultations for all types of people. In addition, you can have your medical and then receive the results in an afternoon and then carry on resting on a beach. For as little as US$100 you can have a complete body check, helping you detect early signs of disease or problems without the option being prohibitively expensive.
Health checks in Thailand are available virtually anywhere in the country; in the capital, Bangkok, at the very best hospitals, at the beach resorts of Phuket, Samui and Pattaya, and in the northern capital of Chiang Mai. Some of the private hospitals target visitors with a complete package that makes plenty of sense, even if you hadn’t thought about it.
You can have a basic health check in Thailand where your blood pressure, eyes, height and weight are checked, or perhaps opt for a full body check, which may include a look at the liver, kidneys and heart. Costs range from just 50 to several thousand baht depending on the depth of the check, subsequent treatment and the hospital.
In addition, men should consider having their prostate gland checked out periodically and ladies should have a mammogram examination to look for any signs of breast cancer. Those with known heart conditions can also have an exercise stress test to determine the amount of blood flow through the heart, while an electrocardiogram (ECG) will check for an erratic heartbeat.
You may even opt for a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan over a chest x-ray for better clarity and can also have a complete blood count to check for the right amounts of essential fluids. Hepatitis and HIV can also be tested with health checks in Thailand.
As to how often you should be having a medical; in general, those under the age of 40 years should have one every three years, those between 40 and 50 years every couple of years, and those over 50 years annually.
Thailand’s major hospitals offer all types of health checks for medical tourists and packages are also offered. You can have a health check in the morning at the likes of Bumrungrad International, Bangkok General, Phuket International and Chiang Mai Ram, then go and have something to eat and come back in the afternoon to pick up the results.
You can then discuss the results with the physicians if you are unsure of anything or need to consider treatment for a discovered condition. These can be taken back to discuss with your home physician or GP.