Many modern countries struggle with the cost of medical treatment. Whether a country chooses a socialized medical system or individual private insurance, costs continue to rise out of sight. Some countries pay exorbitant fees because people cannot afford to see a regular doctor. They wait until their illness becomes critical and end up in the hospital emergency room. This is the most expensive option, but for some it is the only option available.
Thailand has affordable health care for their people. Prices do vary and depend on location. In a small village or rural area, it may cost as little as $20 US dollars for a visit to the local doctor. Larger cities do have a cost increase up to about $50 US dollars for the same service. All of these are affordable, especially for people used to paying much more in their home countries. The low cost of medical treatment is leading Thailand to become a destination for those that want affordable medical care.