For a limited time, Thailand has a deal on heart valve replacements.
At the (relatively) low price of 590,000 Thailand Baht, or about $18,000 Canadian, the Bangkok Hospital Medical Center will replace your damaged heart valves — a procedure that sometimes become necessary in middle aged patients for reasons ranging from infection to rheumatic heart disease to congenital heart defect to valve disease or even just normal aging and wear.
The $18,000 gets you use of the operating room, critical care unit accommodation for two nights, a standard single room for five nights (including nurses, meals and room service), treatment by a team of cardiologists, surgeons, anesthesiologists and rehabilitators, medications, laboratory and diagnostic services and blood transfusions. The valves themselves are not included.
The price is billed as about 20 per cent of the cost of having the procedure done in the U.S., the target market for the offer. It's not immediately clear, however, how much of a savings the price is from the hospital's regular charge. But a chart in a recent edition of US News and World Report would place the rate somewhere between what a patient could expect to pay in Singapore (considered the high-end destination for medical tourists) and notoriously value-priced India.
But act soon, the offer ends Sept. 30.