Last week I was waiting to hear from a heart doctor in Chiang Mai and got the news that it would still be better to have it done in BKK â€“ Damn back to where I started â€“ He said he doesnâ€™t understand why the high pricing now in CM but expects it is just because they can â€“ â€œtourist tradeâ€ is catching on all over Thailand â€“ local Thaiâ€™s would have to wait at the local Govâ€™t hospitals and he thinks that BKK would be as good and I would not have the plane and hotel fees to pay on top of the operation â€“ So off to BKK I went.
First to King Chulalongkorn Hospital â€“ took the bus from Pattaya to BKK (2hr 124 Baht) then a taxi to Chula â€“ (1/2 hr 200 Baht) not bad, got there about 11 â€“ what a zoo â€“ there must have been over 1000 people there – got in line and was at the information desk in 1/2 hr. Lady there told me to comeback at 6:30 AM next day so I could be in the front of the daily queue – so I stayed over night and went in the morning. Back in line #58, going well, everyone told me that my Thai Drivers License would be sufficient â€“ for the next 2 hrs stood in 3 lines and finally got to the photo taking one â€“ there I almost passed out because of the heat and was told that I couldnâ€™t go any further because I needed to have my Passport, - DL wonâ€™t do. Shit Went home and would start again. That evening I talked to a doctor at a hospital in Sir Racha â€“ his hospital charges the same as BKK but he suggested that I go check out the other big Govâ€™t Hospital Siriraj in BKK - better service , better staff and less patients.
So Wednesday I headed to Siriraj Hospital â€“ left Pattaya by bus and taxi â€“ didnâ€™t want to be last in line so I left at 4 AM got there at 8AM — He was right – started in line and was helped with everything by a â€œvery cuteâ€ intern pre-med student â€“ he walked me through the entire procedure and by 10:30 had my appointment with a cardiologist set â€“ 6PM Friday. Finally, would talk to a doctor and get pricing, schedules and exactly what would be needed. —- what a relief. The doctor in Sir Racha was right â€“ about 1/2 the number of patients, – excellent friendly staff, -pre-med students support, – pricing I am told same a Chula - Tomorrow afternoon I will go again to Siriraj. More news as it happens.
When this is over I will have gained a complete comprehensive view and education on getting medical care in Thailand â€“ that is Govâ€™t Hospital care at reasonable pricing. Iâ€™ll post my findings here for your benefit.