Hospital treatment in Thailand is not free for those who do not have Thai nationality as there is no NHS system in the country, and even if you are a native Thai there are some cost implications.
However, hospital care and treatment in Thailand is far cheaper than private treatment in the Western World. It is the choice of the patient what sort of level of care he desires and then to pay the corresponding charge.
Pattaya has some excellent hospitals and clinics and the medical care can be excellent and also fast. There are rarely long waiting lists and seeing a consultant or doctor is almost instant. A tourist is well advised to have full medical insurance cover when visiting the kingdom and expats usually belong to some sort of medical scheme.
It must be noted that although hospitals in Pattaya do have ambulances they must be called and there will delay. If you are unlucky enough to be in accident then you will probably be picked up by a volunteer rescue service. These are not fully equipped ambulances and are often glorified pick up trucks.
There are 5 hospitals to chose from in Pattaya, three are private and two are run by the Government.
BANGKOK PATTAYA HOSPITAL
301 Moo6 Sukhumvit Road, Pattaya
Tel : +66 (0)38 259999
Probably the first choice hospital in Pattaya if money was not a concern. A highly modern and extremely well equipped hospital . Hugely popular with expats and tourists as many of the staff speak excellent English.
There are 400 beds plus emergency and intensive care units. There is a hotel call service for THB 5,500.
PATTAYA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
328/1 Moo 9, Central Pattaya Rd
Tel : +66 (0)38 488777
Right in the heart of the city Pattaya Memorial Hospital has the perfect location. Pattaya Memorial was the first private hospital in the city and was established 30 years ago. It offers a 24hr emergency service and an efficient I.C.U
The hospital offers advanced laparoscopic surgery and innovative treatments for women.
PATTAYA INTERNATIONAL HOSPITAL
255/4 Moo 9, Soi 4 Pattaya Second Road,
Tel: +66 (0)38 428374
Another conveniently situated hospital in the centre of Pattaya. Pattaya International Hospital offers a 24hr emergency service and has it’s own fleet of ambulances. There are 80 beds plus a well established intensive care unit.
PATTAYA CITY HOSPITAL
Soi Buakhao, Central Pattaya.
Tel: +66 (0)38 420823
Sawang Fah Road, Naklua Beach
Tel: +66 (0) 38 429244
There are also medical clinics, many are owned by doctors that work at one of the hospitals, so check to determine their hours of operation. Pharmacies are numerous and, unlike some western countries, dispense drugs “over the counter” that would normally require a doctor’s prescription.
HOSPITALS OUTSIDE PATTAYA
PHYATHAI SRI RACHA HOSPITAL
Sri Racha, Chonburi
Tel: +66 (0) 38 770200
QUEEN SAVANG VADHANA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
Sri Racha, Chonburi
Tel: +66 (0) 38 322157
QUEEN SIRIKIT HOSPITAL SATTAHIP
163 M.1 Plutaluang, Sattahip(near U-Tapao Airport)
Tel: +66 (0) 38 245735
ROYAL THAI NAVY (ARPAKORN KIATTIWONG HOSPITAL)
Sattahip Naval Base
Tel: +66 (0) 38 437171
We sincerely hope that when you move to Pattaya that you don’t need to visit any of the hospitals; however, at least now you have some contact details for them.
The team at East Coast Real Estate are experts in the local area, feel free to ask us about anything you need to know.