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Growth of Dental Tourism in Thailand

by Dr. Deepika Garg ,  World Dental | Dental Health Magazine | 2012-09-21

Thailand may be known for its sprawling white sand beaches and liquid crystal waters, its raucous nightlife and unbridled hedonism, but it is also known as the Land of Smiles.

This moniker was originally derived from the innate friendliness of Thai people; however, the rapid growth of dental tourism in Thailand leads one to think that medical tourists are taking the nickname literally.

Medical tourism in Thailand has grown precipitately in recent years. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that the industry generated 1.5 to 1.7 billion dollars in 2008, and that number is predicted to rise as high as 3.6 billion in 2012.

A significant portion of these numbers can be attributed to dental tourism and analysts expect these growth trends to continue at such high rates in the coming years.

Why Has Thailand’s Dental Tourism Industry Grown So Much?

Dental tourism in Thailand has grown because foreign patients know they can trust dentists there to provide top-notch dental work. Furthermore, as more and more people come to Thailand for dental work, thereby investing in a skyrocketing industry, the quality of care only gets better, which means more satisfied customers.


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