Is Thailand Safe for Cosmetic Surgery?

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As the largest cosmetic surgery company in the Asia Pacific region, with thousands of cosmetic surgery patients every year booked into our hospitals in Thailand AND Australia, we are often asked “Is Thailand safe for cosmetic surgery?”

Thailand World No. 1 for Medical Travel

Thailand is the No. 1 medical tourism destination in the world, with over 2 Million foreign visitors arriving each year for surgery, medical procedures and treatments. And to put Thailand’s No. 1 position into perspective, the annual global medical tourism industry is valued in excess of $US 100 Billion (source – Medical Tourism Association USA).

Hospital Standards Vary

However, not all hospitals in Thailand have the same standards, as there are hundreds of hospitals in this country of almost 70 million people. Thailand does have a selection of hospitals that rank amongst the most modern in the world, with the finest medical facilities and equipment, the highest patient safety standards and infection control protocols. A number are also accredited by US and European hospital ratings organisations – some even accredited and endorsed for cosmetic surgery by a subsidiary of NIB, one of Australia’s largest health insurance companies with over 1,000,000 Australian members.

CosMediTour Hospital Selection

CosMediTour ONLY USES the newest, best and safest internationally accredited hospitals in Bangkok and Phuket! We do not promote and have never promoted individual or group travel to any hospitals outside these locations. All four CosMediTour hospitals in Thailand are accredited by the international JCI Hospital Accreditation organisation, with the World Medical Center also accredited by the DNV-GL Healthcare Organisation.

15,000 Happy Australian cosmetic surgery patients each year!

There is a lot of Australian media misinformation about medical standards in Thailand, based on a handful of unfortunate patient experiences during or following cosmetic surgery in Thailand. Dr Meredith Jones of the University of Technology in Sydney conducted a study into the medical tourism industry, and estimated that approximately 15,000 Australians travel overseas every year for elective cosmetic surgery. Almost all of these Australians travel to Thailand with a small number to Malaysia and Vietnam. The fact that only a handful of negative patient experiences are covered in the Australian media each year with headlines like ‘botched surgery’ and ‘cosmetic surgery nightmare’ reminds us that “headlines sell media stories”. Much more importantly, the minuscule number of cases is testimony to the overwhelming success rate for the remainder of the 15,000 Australians who have positive overseas surgery outcomes.

Infections & ‘Superbugs’

Some in the Australian medical fraternity are quick to describe every infection contracted by Australians who have undergone overseas surgery as resulting from ‘exotic superbugs’ – a term that makes for sensationalised media headlines. The definition of a Superbug is a strain of bacteria that has become resistant to antibiotic drugs. It is not some exotic foreign bacteria lurking in offshore hospitals waiting for unsuspecting Australian visitors to infect. In fact thousands of patients in many of Australia’s best known hospitals contract a Superbug infection every year. Most have contracted the world’s most infamous superbug that has resulted in the deaths of many thousands of Australians in Australian hospitals over the past decade. It is MRSA, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, aka ‘Golden Staph’. Hospital selection is a critical factor in the avoidance of Superbug infections, with the hospital’s infection control protocols paramount. No CosMediTour patient has ever acquired a Superbug infection in a CosMediTour partner hospital in Thailand.

Why CosMediTour is the Most Trusted Cosmetic Surgery Company

More Australians trust CosMediTour with their cosmetic surgery than any other company. We perform the highest number of surgeries – more patients each month than over 95 percent of agents do in an entire year. We have the highest percentage of satisfied patients and optimal surgery outcomes of any company for many reasons – especially our selection of surgeons. We work with the most famous Thai Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons in Bangkok and Phuket, and we also work with leading Australian Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons on the Gold Coast and in Sydney and we are the exclusive marketing partner of the Breast Academy. Our Thai and Australian surgeons perform cosmetic surgery on thousands of Australian CosMediTour patients every year. And in the rare cases where our Thailand surgery patients require medical treatment or revision surgery in Australia, CosMediTour has appointed its Australian Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons to look after and perform revision or corrective surgery on our Thailand patients – at no cost to our patients.
No other company can offer this backup of Australian Plastic Surgeons for its Thailand cosmetic surgery patients. It’s another major reason why more Australians choose CosMediTour – instead of booking with other agents or directly with Thailand hospital websites.

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Written by Christyna Kruczaj

Director at CosMediTour | CosMediTour is an international cosmetic surgery company and medical tourism facilitator, with offices on the Gold Coast in Australia, Bangkok and Phuket in Thailand and Cape Town, South Africa.

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