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Journals from Jan Term 2014 - NURS 398 Traditional and Modern Healthcare in SE Asia

2014-02-01 Phuket International Hospital

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 Today we toured Phuket International Hospital. It was our first time visiting a private hospital in Thailand and it was completely different than any of the other government run facilities we had seen. It felt like we were walking into the nicest hotel I had ever seen. We were lead to a giant conference room where they had coconut juice in whole coconuts and cake waiting for us. They had an entire panel of employees there to answer any questions we had after giving us a formal power point presentation. After that we took a tour of the hospital. The Presidential suite defiantly stood out the most to me. IT WAS HUGE! There were two beds, two bathrooms, and two TVs.  Anything you could ever want was in this room basically. They even had 6 different kinds of pillows in the closet to choose from.

Although this facility was one of the nicest places I had ever been to in my life, I couldn’t help feel sad about being there. After visiting multiple government run hospitals and refugee facilities, and seeomg how understaffed and underfunded they are, I was a little sickened by the over the top luxury hospital. I am so glad we toured both types of facilities though and were able to see the vast difference in health care facilities all throughout Thailand. 




Miranda Horne

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