The Kasikorn Research Center forecasts that foreign patients will continue to be a key driver for the growth of the hospital business in Thailand this year. Last year foreign patients made 3.3 million visits to Thai hospitals, with 2.4 million for medical tourism and 900,000 by expats. The report says patients from Japan, China and Myanmar are on the rise, while arrivals from the Middle East are decreasing. In 2016, some 500,000 Chinese went overseas for medical purposes, and the number was five times higher than the year earlier. This year, the expectation is that the number will rise to 630,000-650,000, of which just 40,000 will come to Thailand.
View Bangkok Post’s full article: “K-Research: Foreigners key for hospitals”.
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