Medical Tourism Not Yet Hurt by Thai Turmoil

by Bruce Einhorn ,  Bloomberg Business Week | 2010-04-22

Even as Bangkok has been hit by political unrest, Thailand\'s medical-tourism industry has been surprisingly resilient. Overnight, one person died and 78 were injured when at least five grenades exploded in Bangkok’s financial and tourist district. (Note that this is the updated figure, based on a statement to Bloomberg News by the Health Ministry; earlier, Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban had said three people died.) This was the latest fatal incident in the capital, where 25 people were killed and more than 800 injured earlier this month when the military tried to force the Red Shirts - anti-government protesters who support deposed Prime Minister Thaksin – to end their demonstrations in the city. According to Bloomberg News, about 14,000 Red Shirts have rallied in the center of Bangkok, \"where they set up showers next to the Four Seasons Hotel and slept under advertisements for Prada and Louis Vuitton.\"