Industry News: Volume 10, Issue 12

Bumrungrad International Hospital Launches Medication Tourism: Patients Access Quality Specialty Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Specialized Treatment at Lower Cost

Visit www.bumrungrad.com/usa to get details about exciting medication tourism opportunities in Thailand

July 16, 2019 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, N.J. & BANGKOK – July 16, 2019 – With the introduction of a Medication Tourism program that makes specialty pharmaceuticals, vaccines and specialized care conveniently available to patients at up to 80 percent savings, Bumrungrad International Hospital (BIH) takes the lead in improving access to high quality care and prescriptions at significantly lower costs for complex diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, HIV, Hepatitis C, multiple sclerosis, cancer and orphan/rare diseases. The first Joint Commission International accredited multi-specialty hospital in Asia, BIH offers state-of-the-art diagnostic, therapeutic and intensive care facilities, as well as expert staff and a five-star campus providing authentic, safe and original brand name medications and treatments for every patient.

 “Travel to Thailand to have prescriptions filled and authentic specialty drugs expertly administered at a fraction of the cost resolves a major problem for all patients and U.S.-based self-insured employers who are forced to ration care or deny coverage to keep high specialty drug costs from overrunning their operations,” says David Boucher, chief business transformation officer, BIH, one of the largest private hospitals in Southeast Asia, serving over 1.1 million patients annually, including over 520,000 international patients from over 190 nationalities.

“Bangkok is an easy travel destination, leading all cities in overnight visits with close to 1,400-1,500 flights a day going in and out from all parts of the world, making it feasible for people to get their much needed – often life-saving – medications for a relatively low price,” continues Boucher. “Patients and their companions can stay in an affordable hotel, from one night to 30 nights or more, and access treatment at a price that meets their budget.”

Runaway costs for specialty drug prescription medications, particularly in the United States, continue to threaten the health and pocketbooks of individuals, as well as the financial solvency of employers and payers. This avalanche of expensive medicines – which can range from $15,000 a year to as much as $750,000 annually in the United States – has the potential to cripple an entire healthcare system, imposing out-of-pocket costs that cause people to abandon their prescriptions and fail to adhere to treatment. Patients questioning the availability of a particular drug or who want to see if BIH can make it available should visit the website at https://www.bumrungrad.com/en/medical-travel/medication-tourism or contact druginfo@bumrungrad.com.

“Medication Tourism extends the value of medical tourism, furthering the Bumrungrad mission to improve access to affordable care and medications for people throughout the world,” says Boucher. “Today, we offer over 30 centers of excellence and our medical staff includes 1,300+ physicians, many of whom are U.S.-board certified and spent time in the United States to complete a residency, fellowship or pursue advanced training.”

Visit https://www.bumrungrad.com/en/search-for-a-thailand-doctor to research the background, training, experience and languages spoken by physicians.

“We have interpreters for over 20 languages that are available in the hospital 24/7 and try to make as many accommodations as possible,” says Boucher. “A representative office is located at the main international airport in Bangkok for maximum convenience to medical travelers.”

BIH also provides concierge services to streamline travel and accommodations, arrange for the transfer of records, book follow-up care and appointments and tend to the needs of patients and their companions.

About Bumrungrad International Hospital

Bumrungrad International Hospital (BIH) is a Joint Commission International accredited, multi-specialty hospital located in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand. Founded in 1980, it is one of the largest private hospitals in Southeast Asia, with 580 beds and over 30 specialty centers. BIH offers state-of-the-art diagnostic, therapeutic and intensive care facilities in a one-stop medical center. BIH serves 1.1 million patients annually, including over 620,000 international patients. Visit www.bumrungrad.com.

Media 
CPR for Bumrungrad 
Brittany Tedesco 
btedesco@cpronline.com 
201.641.1911 x14

To view the official press release, click here.

From Infertility to Pregnancy at Half the US Cost:  Bumrungrad International Hospital Fertility and IVF Center Reports 67% Success Rates for <Age 29

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, N.J. and BANGKOK –  August 12, 2019 – Thousands of couples from the United States and worldwide are realizing their dreams to create a family, thanks to the Fertility and IVF Clinic (the Clinic) located on the downtown campus of Bumrungrad International, a JCI-accredited hospital with a worldwide reputation for excellence and care quality.  An exceptional team of physicians, including obstetricians and gynecologists who have trained in the United States, provide patients expert care with advanced technology and high success rates:

  • <Age 29               67%
  • Age 35-39            56%
  • >Age 40               25%

“We understand that some cases are challenging, but all couples receive the care they need – no matter how difficult the case,” says Dr. Nahathai Paktinun, obstetrician, gynecologist and reproductive medicine specialist at the Clinic. “In fact, we often treat couples that have had treatments at other hospitals but failed to conceive. We don’t turn away patients based upon their history of failed procedures.”

He adds that Bumrungrad International provides concierge services at no charge to help patients arrange travel, and an airport representative office to arrange greetings on arrival, baggage assistance and transportation to a hotel or the hospital upon request.

He explains, “Dr. Nisarat Chanunpanich, our dedicated coordinating physician for U.S. travelers, can address all questions regarding care and travel. Patients and their companions can stay in affordable four- and five-star accommodations, from one night to 30 nights or more, and access high quality medical treatment at a price that meets their budget.”

The Clinic makes it very convenient to get diagnostics, care and treatment at one site, including infertility testing, reproductive surgery, egg retrievals, embryo transfers and highly advanced laboratory testing. This includes in vitro fertilization (IVF), a method where sperm and egg are combined in the laboratory and, after fertilization, the embryos are then implanted in the cavity of the uterus to cause pregnancy. It also includes intrauterine insemination (IUI), a process that involves placing sperm directly inside a women’s uterus to facilitate fertilization.

“We pride ourselves on our expertise, openness, honesty and personalized care,” says Paktinun.  “We understand that dealing with infertility can be very stressful and pledge to be by the side of every patient at every step of the way on their journey to start a family.”

People should expect the treatment to take 20-25 days. While egg donations are legal in Thailand, commercial egg donation is not. Egg donation for profit is prohibited in Thailand.

Nahathai says that many couples travel to Bangkok in advance of treatment or extend their stay in Thailand because it is a spectacular country with so much to see and do. Affordable hotel and condo accommodations are located near the Bumrungrad International campus.

In fact, Bangkok is an easy travel destination, leading all cities in overnight visits with close to 1,400-1,500 flights a day going in and out from all parts of the world, making it feasible for people to get care for a relatively low price.

“We are dedicated to providing easy and immediate consultation with access to different specialties for the continuity of care for pregnancy, delivery and beyond — all at the same location,” she concludes. 

Bumrungrad International is one of the largest private hospitals in Southeast Asia, serving over 1.1 million patients annually, including over 620,000 international patients from over 190 nationalities.

About Bumrungrad International Hospital

Bumrungrad International Hospital (BIH) is a Joint Commission International accredited, multi-specialty hospital located in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand. Founded in 1980, it is one of the largest private hospitals in Southeast Asia, with 580 beds and over 30 specialty centers. BIH offers state-of-the-art diagnostic, therapeutic and intensive care facilities in a one-stop medical center. Visit www.bumrungrad.com

Media
CPR for Bumrungrad
Brittany Tedesco
btedesco@cpronline.com
201.641.1911 x14

Clinic Contact for US Patients:
Media
Kaorop Wongprasert
kaorop@bumrungrad.com

Clinical Coordination and Medical Enquiries
Dr. Nisarat Chanunpanich
nisaratc@bumrungrad.com
To view the official press release, click here.


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