Thailand: Phuket plans to become a medical tourism destination

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There are plans to build an integrated medical service center in Phuket, to promote Thailand’s largest island as a medical tourism destination from 2026.

A recent cabinet meeting approved a 1.41 billion baht ($43 million) budget for the construction of an integrated medical services center in Phuket to promote the province as a medical tourism destination.

Construction of the center will begin in 2023 and will last approximately four years, or before the end of 2026.

The Treasury Department will provide the land and the 1.41 billion baht budget for construction. The center will be under the supervision of Vachira Phuket Hospital and the Ministry of Public Health.

Upon completion, the Phuket Integrated Medical Service Center aims to become an international health/medical center providing long-term care to Thai and foreign clients, as well as serving as a palliative care and rehabilitation center for people suffering from chronic health problems.

The center is expected to attract more investment in relevant industries and create jobs for local communities.

The Ministry of Public Health is considering an appropriate management approach for the center from among five viable options: fully owned and operated by the government, a half-private half-public hospital, a public agency, a public-private partnership or a health facility. special management.

The ministry has already completed an environmental impact study of the project.

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