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Monday, 27 February 2017

Knocked up.....Now What? Basic labour packages in Bangkok



UPDATED at 7th April 2017

There is a lot to think about when you are growing a baby, and cost might not be at the forefront of your mind, but it is worth thinking about sooner, rather than later, as it may affect your decision of hospital (and Doctor).

If you do not have medical insurance that is covering the cost of your labour then the hospitals try to make it easier for you by advertising Birthing Packages, but you really do need to look into the small print.

Basic packages start from around THB35,000, but can go up to THB150,000, but please remember that this is for the basic package only and may not include pain relief and procedures/medication that are a necessity due to your specific requirements on the day of labour.
It is important to remember that Labour Packages normally represent approx. 50% reduction from standard pricing, or to put that another way, if you do not fit the criteria for a package your costs could easily be much much higher.

Additional costs are not included in the packages and the packages are normally for uncomplicated birthing experiences that run like clockwork. In reality, this is rarely the case and you are likely to be charged for additional procedures, medication and equipment usage, so check your bill carefully when you check out.

If you are offered procedures, or medication, during your stay that is not included in your package make sure you discuss this with your OB/GYN (if you do not want a surprise when you get your bill!).

Questions you should always ask your Doctor in Thailand:
Is this procedure/medication necessary? 
What are the advantages of this procedure/medication? 
What are the disadvantages of this procedure/medication? (including side effects) 
Is there an alternative procedure/medication? 
What is the cost of this procedure/medication?
But to help you make the first analysis of the various International Hospitals, please see below table highlighting public information available, and where applicable information based on my or contacts feedback.

GET INFORMED, GIVE TRUE CONSENT!

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