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HEALTH & WELLNESS => Doctors, Clinics, Hospitals => Topic started by: Henry on September 21, 2015, 01:09:20 PM

Title: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: Henry on September 21, 2015, 01:09:20 PM
 Rachapreuk Hospital is one I dont hear mentioned too often. Ive tried other hospitals in KK and wasnt really impressed. They were just, ok. Then I tried this one and I really like it.

 Its not fancy and even looks a bit old. There is some wait time, but not unreasonable. All the employees are very pleasant and that makes the whole experience as good as a hospital visit can be.

 The Doctors Ive seen have been spot on with a diagnosis and treatment.

 They have Health check-up pakages of different kinds and as Im getting older and havent had a complete physical in many years, I just went in and had the gold package, that is the whole works. I was a bit concerned about what they might find. When I get up in the morning, I feel like crap. As the day goes on, I start to feel better. So, anyway, I thought, what the hell, lets see what they find.

 I went in about 8am and it takes about 4-5 hours for the tests and then the results. Im not sure if they speak much English as no one attempted to. When I went in to see the Dr, what a surprise. There was a beautiful young girl that didnt look more than 18-19 years old. (She was probably 25-30, but you know how it is here). She started explaining the results and I had to stop her. I said, sorry, but I really dont understand, can you speak English? She said, "Oh, ok, and then in perfect English, explained the results.

 To my surprise, everything was fine. The only thing was an enlarged prostate, but I knew that and its normal for someone my age. At least the PSA was ok. They gave me all the paperwork and when I got home, I looked everything up on the internet to see what it means and check the numbers.

 The health packages start around Bt 1500. The gold package I got was Bt 8,800. My sister in the US works in a hospital and said it would be about 10 times that amount there!

 Rachapreuk Hospital has a website that describes the packages in detail.

 I have nothing to do with the hospital other than being a satisfied customer. I feel comfortable here, compared to other hospitals I felt were trying to squeeze every last baht out of me they could.
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: LungBing on September 21, 2015, 03:08:38 PM
I went there earlier this year with a bladder infection.  I was given an ultrasound, blood/urine test, and then prescribed strong antibiotics.  It was all clear in a few days and I was very pleased with my treatment and the staff.  I can't remember the cost, but it was very reasonable.
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: Rex (Admin) on September 22, 2015, 12:37:16 PM
Thanks Henry and Uncle Bing for the reports.  This is good to know.  I wasn't crazy about  Rachapreuk the one time I went there (for something minor) for the reasons that Henry cites.  The place is sort of dreary and old-looking.  However, the important question is, compared to what?  To RAM?  RAM is very nearly a "fraud" in that it presumes or proposes or pretends to deliver service at the level of Bangkok RAM, but doesn't even come close.  Bangkok hospital (Khon Kaen) would be the best choice if you can afford it, but reports of the prices are really through the room.  Still, if my BOOPA covers it, that would be my preference.
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: fceligoj on September 23, 2015, 07:28:18 AM
Since I hadn't been back to the US in about 1 1/2 years (and needed to renew my prescriptions for high blood pressure and cholesterol medications), told my US doctor that I would get the normal blood tests done that covered all the usual suspects including a PSA.  I would send her the results so that she had a record of my current health situation and to be able to renew my prescriptions.

I went to Rachapreuk Hospital With the results of my last US Medical Lab blood tests and they said that I would get the complete testing as done in the US.  The experience was very positive.  Did not do the Gold treatment but one step down.  It cost about 3200 baht and was as good as any Medical Lab in the US.  Of course, it was out of pocket costs not something that Medicare would pay, but it gave me the satisfaction that all was well and good with my health.

I am currently in the US and recently had the blood tests and saw my doctor.  Oh is still well and good!

I expect to do the same at Rachapreuk Hospital next September and send the results to my doctor for her records.

I also recommend Rachapreuk Hospital.
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: Rex (Admin) on September 23, 2015, 08:11:27 AM
Thanks for the report, Frank.  What BP meds are you taking?  How well do they control your BP. I am not at all happy with the treatment I have gotten from several docs sicne 2010, including KK RAM, who seem very cavalier about my numbers.  Meds control it enough to keep it out of the critical zone, but  only occasionally does it get anywhere near 120/80.   Now we hear reports that even 120/80 is too high and they want to lower the acceptable number. 
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: Henry on September 23, 2015, 01:34:26 PM
 My wife and I knew nothing about blood pressure until 2 dentists refused to pull one of her teeth because her bp was too high.(169/102).

 I called my sister who is a registered nurse who works with the elderly, and explained the situation. She said not to take any medications until she tries to lower her bp with diet. After a lifetime of eating Issan food, loaded with salt, she says this new diet has absolutley no taste, but it did the trick. In just a few weeks, her bp was down to 100/60!  By the way, looking back, her high bp was most likley the reason twice in the past year, she passed out on the floor after getting up in the middle of the night.
 Her diet is very bland, but we still go out about once a week and she eats whatever she wants without any problems.

 We bought a bp monitor for about 2300 bt and I found out I have low bp. About 95/55. I thought that was great, but acording to the internet, low bp can be just as dangerous as high. I often get dizzy when I stand up. Ill have to check with the doc about that.

 Out in the countryside where I live, they have government clinics that serve the surrounding villages. They teach one person from each village how to take a blood pressure. He has a list of everyone with high bp, and once a month, he goes to the clinic and they give him enough pills for everyone in his village. Everyone is happy, they can keep eating thier papaya salad.

 The larger towns have clinics that are open at night. They are private practices run by doctors who work at hospitals in KK during the day. The guy I go to is great. He takes one look at me and knows whats wrong. Once, I just sat down and he said, "oh, you have a vitamin b deficiency". He was right. Another time, I thought I had an alergic reaction to something. The dr. took one look and said I have shingles. Actually, he was speaking Thai and said I have "gnu sawat". i asked if he knew the English word for it. He thought for a minute and said, "herpes". This really freaked me out. All I know about herpes is there is no cure and now I have it on my face! The next day I called my sister and was relieved to find out it was shingles. The doctor visit and medication was only 900 bt.   (by the way, shingles is a form of herpes).

 So anyway, for me the small clinics are the way to go for small stuff and Rachapreuk for everything else.
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: Savannah20 on September 23, 2015, 01:42:31 PM
FYI, I take one Lisinopril 20 mg pill each day by taking the Thai product Lispril 20 mg produced by Siam Bheasach. Just took my bp and it is 108/70 with pulse of 85.  I buy them in the pharmacy directly across from the main post office. About 270 baht for a box of 30 pills.
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: Rex (Admin) on September 24, 2015, 12:45:06 PM
Thu 24 Sep 2015, 12:40 pm

Thanks, Savanna,

Lisinopril is an "ACE Inhibitor" in the same class as Anapril, Ramipirl and others.  Very effective for some people and happily, dirt cheap (except for Ramipril for some reason),  and available over-the-counter at most pharmacies.  Unfortunately, I don't get much mileage from them   :o{

I wish I could find a doc willing to be more engaged and aggressive rather than just trying one or two meds and taking the attitude the results are the results, and that is as good as it is going to get. 
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: Savannah20 on September 25, 2015, 07:24:50 AM
I was first prescribed a Beta Blocker which made me feel worse.  Have you ever tried those?  Professional snooker players use to use them to calm their nerves.  Pretty sure they are banned now in some "sports".
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: Rex (Admin) on September 25, 2015, 09:40:39 AM
I tried a beta blocker for a short time.  It made me feel  "funny" or anxious, which is odd as BBs lower your heart rate and therefore should reduce anxiety.  Yes, I believe that beta blockers were the first "performance enhancing" drugs.  Olympic sharpshooters used them to become very still which gives a definite edge in shooting and I guess the same applies to snooker as well.
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: UK1 on October 29, 2015, 02:03:01 PM
Hi im travelling to KK im early december from the UK for my yearly visit to KK. I have been reading this thread and would like to get a full health check why im in KK . Ive read the Rachapreuk Hospital website regarding the golden health check package and information from this thread which i found interesting and my gut feeling is i will be probally  going to the Rachapreuk Hospital for the check in December. But i know there is the KK ram which i have used afew times on my visits to KK and found them ok but just expensive for your medication. there is also the kk bangkok hospital i have had no dealings with. my question really is which one to pick. I know the Rachapreuk Hospital 8800 baht for the gold package is tempting just for that price .  looking forward to reading your replys . Regards
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: JustinCase on October 30, 2015, 07:36:06 AM
Hi UK1

December is a good time to leave the UK  ;D - I have not been back there for over 11 years now.

Anyway, back on topic. I used to use KK Ram on a fairly regular basis but the doctor that used to look after my son there moved on. Another doctor (who lives in our village) recommended the doctor at Rachapreuk so we gave it a try.

I was impressed with service and facilities there - also the prices!! The surroundings may not be so luxurious, but what does that matter? Having said that, both my wife and I have had to stay for a few nights and the private rooms are every bit as good as the Ram.

This is always my first choice hospital now.
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: Henry on October 30, 2015, 12:04:42 PM
UK1,

 I have been to Bangkok Hospital and Ram. By far I prefer Rachapreuk. The Gold Package, for what you get is unbelievably cheap, in my opinion.

 I would just suggest, give it a go.

 No appointment nessesary, just show up about 8am. If you dont speak Thai, you should bring a translator.
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: UK1 on October 30, 2015, 01:35:16 PM
Thank you Justin Case & Henry for your feedback. Ill give Rachapreuk Hospital a go in December . Regards
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: PlasticRedTomato on January 14, 2016, 01:24:18 PM
Just to add my experience at Rachapreuk: today went for the 8800 baht "gold program" that the OP also did. Am staying at the Khon Kaen Orchid Hotel (excellent place to stay by the way) which is literally around the corner from the hospital (2 minutes walk).

Walked over yesterday and had myself registered (need to show your passport which they photocopy). At the same time appointment was made to come in at 7:30am this morning.

Now I don't speak any Thai at all (beyond half a dozen basic words). This was no problem whatsoever - I was a bit worried as others had said one would need to speak Thai. Turns out many nurses and the doctors that I saw speak enough English to get by. Not necessarily fluent and sometimes had to ask for a repeat/rephrase but overall it was no issue at all to communicate. At the end of the tests everything was explained to me in decent English by an older female doctor.

The program started with blood being taken. This was followed by ECG, chest X-ray, ultrasound of abdomen, then urine sample. After this a tray with a snack (spongy cake) and drink (choice of orange juice, coffee, milo) and water was made available. This was welcome as you're asked to come in fasting (nothing but water in the 8 hours prior to the tests).

Then went to see the doctor for general physical exam and discussion of the results, which took about 15-20 minutes to run through (first the blood and urine test results, followed by the ECG, chest X-ray, and ultrasound images). I had a few other questions not related to the tests (sore throat, skin lesions) which I asked about and got a prescription for during the medical examination.

On average had to wait 20 - 40 minutes between each of the procedures so bring something to read (I was just reading the news on my phone). The place apparently even has free wifi but I did not try as I have enough data allowance on my phone.

I was out again just before 11am, so overall it took around 3.5 hours.

As mentioned by others the place looks somewhat old and battered, it clearly has been around for 30-40 years or so and is well used. It is really a kind of community hospital for the general public, there is nothing fancy about it as such. It is a busy place, the waiting areas are full, there's a lot of activity, babies cry. However the work is organised, you wait between tests but someone will duly appear and take you to the next step after 20 or 30 minutes. Almost all the signage is in Thai only, this is not a place that normally caters to farangs. If you want a fancy, western-style hospital go to Bumrungrad or similar.

However I found it a very pleasant experience. My lack of Thai language skills was no issue as I communicated in basic English with more than half a dozen nurses and in decent English with several doctors. The people seemed switched-on and dedicated to their work. My results were interesting, they found a gall stone and a kidney cyst on the ultrasounds - nothing major but to keep an eye on. It was my first ultrasound ever. The rest was ok and as expected.

I got prints of the blood and urine tests, ECG, a "Personal Health Record" booklet (mostly in Thai), and a CD which contains a viewer that can show the chest X-ray image (single image) and the various (20 or so) ultrasound images (on a computer; I'm using a Windows laptop, not sure whether it would work on other devices).

Total bill came to 9600 baht, this was due to the extra requests and prescription which added around 800 baht to the total cost.
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: Savannah20 on January 14, 2016, 08:36:48 PM
If you take Warfarin/Coumadin you can get the INR/PT test done here. I believe it is 350 baht.

You can also get cortizone/steroid shots for pain relief for about 900 baht.

Dave G
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: Red Parrot Fish on March 05, 2018, 06:55:24 PM
I went to Ratchaphruek Hospital today with ear problems.
Was not sure if infection or not.
Very friendly and very professional.
Turned out to be blocked with wax.
Put some drops and waited a while before cleaning.


Was not given expensive drugs like the Ram would have done 
In and out in an hour.


400 Baht fee.
Impressed and will never go to the Ram again.



Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: kowpot on March 05, 2018, 08:26:05 PM
Quote
Spent four days in BKK hospital Khon Kaen this past week due to complications with asthma. Received excellent treatment, but the cost for four days was 59,000 baht.  "Ouch"


Yeah, "Ouch" indeed!  What was the itemization, Kowpot?   What exactly did they do to/for you?  I heard the rooms are B5K-B10K per day, so on the high end, your four days might have been B40K just for the room!  Personally, for that money, I would rather stay at the Pullman.   Here is a fancy-schmancy on at BKK Hosp Pattaya
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: Red Parrot Fish on March 05, 2018, 09:39:17 PM
That has to be a rip off.
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: Shipm8te on March 06, 2018, 06:45:56 AM
Upon discharge (inpatient or outpatient) will the Rachapreuk Hospital provide you with an itemized bill in English as well as a Physicians Statement with diagnoses in English.  I ask as I need those in order to file a claim with my U.S. Government insurance.
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: Red Parrot Fish on March 06, 2018, 07:06:23 AM
I got an itemised bill in English.
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: kowpot on March 06, 2018, 09:02:57 AM
That is one thing that you have to watch out for before leaving the hospital. They fully understand presenting a bill in English. But, for insurance purposes. The diagnosis, must also be in English. But, they often leave that out. I always have to go back to billing and get them to include the Doctors diagnosis and remarks. Basically, what the hell did I come in here for?  Dah!


 Can't seem to get that to sink in sometimes.
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: Realist on March 06, 2018, 12:11:21 PM
I fail to see why people dismiss the Khon Kaen Government Hospital.
Doctor's consultancy charge - 50 baht, and as a lot of the doctors actually also practice at Private hospitals, there is a good chance you will be seen by one of these. I know somebody will mention 'waiting time', but as I am retired, and have the whole day to myself, I don't mind the wait, as I know I am getting value for money.
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: screamer on March 06, 2018, 01:46:36 PM

There must be a decent hospital somewhere in Thailand, surely?


I paid a lot of money to get a heart scan at the Bangkok Heart Hospital in Bangkok using their 256-slice CT scanner, "better" than anything we have in the UK.


The results were pretty bad so followed it up back in the UK and it turns out the results from the Bangkok scan were a complete load of rubbish.

Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: LungBing on March 06, 2018, 04:28:37 PM
Or the UK ones were?
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: screamer on March 06, 2018, 04:34:08 PM

Or the UK ones were?


Nope, I had an invasive angiogram in the UK.
The BKK scan said one on my coronary arteries was 30% narrowed and another 45% narrowed.
In actual fact there was no narrowing anywhere.


For a major heart hospital that is very worryingly negligent.
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: LungBing on March 07, 2018, 07:27:54 PM
Not if it gets them a lot of expensive business.
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: Kajornsak on March 12, 2018, 12:36:25 AM
I went to Ratchaphruek Hospital today with ear problems.
Was not sure if infection or not.
Very friendly and very professional.
Turned out to be blocked with wax.
Put some drops and waited a while before cleaning.


Was not given expensive drugs like the Ram would have done 
In and out in an hour.



400 Baht fee.
Impressed and will never go to the Ram again.


I prefer Ram -  was 1000 baht and got my ears cleaned with a vacuum cleaner thing. 1000 baht, no medicine.


Rajapreuk have to wait much longer. Ok if you don't work.
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: screamer on March 12, 2018, 02:44:24 AM

Of course, the cheapest way to get rid of ear wax is to do it yourself at home with drops of olive oil.
It is all that is in expensive chemist ear drops. There is another sort but olive oil works fine, just takes a few days.
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: Rex (Admin) on April 27, 2018, 11:41:18 AM
That is one thing that you have to watch out for before leaving the hospital. They fully understand presenting a bill in English. But, for insurance purposes. The diagnosis, must also be in English. But, they often leave that out. I always have to go back to billing and get them to include the Doctors diagnosis and remarks. Basically, what the hell did I come in here for?  Dah!


 Can't seem to get that to sink in sometimes.


"Duh" indeed!
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: Rex (Admin) on April 27, 2018, 11:50:56 AM
I fail to see why people dismiss the Khon Kaen Government Hospital.
Doctor's consultancy charge - 50 baht, and as a lot of the doctors actually also practice at Private hospitals, there is a good chance you will be seen by one of these. I know somebody will mention 'waiting time', but as I am retired, and have the whole day to myself, I don't mind the wait, as I know I am getting value for money.

Obviously, waiting time is more of a consideration for some than for others. Ultimately, it is a cost-benefit analysis. Retired or not, I suspect that most peeps could make more enjoyable or constructive use of their time than waiting on services. If you take your entire retirement income and express it as an hourly rate, that is how much is costs you to sit around and waiting on services.  Of course, Brits and others from countries with national health care systems may have been conditioned to accept wait time as a normal part of reality.

Also, the longer one exposes themselves to an environment full of sick people, some or many with communicable diseases, the great the risks of catching something.
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: Rex (Admin) on April 27, 2018, 11:57:21 AM

Of course, the cheapest way to get rid of ear wax is to do it yourself at home with drops of olive oil.
It is all that is in expensive chemist ear drops. There is another sort but olive oil works fine, just takes a few days.


I have heard that several people have gotten their eardrums sucked complete out with those things!!!  :(


--


Just kidding!  I have not heard anything like that!!!   roll
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: TerryLH on April 27, 2018, 02:21:02 PM
Khon Kaen Hospital and Srinagarind Hospital (both government hospitals) have evening clinics that charge a little extra with much shorter waiting times.
Cashier and pharmacy waits are also considerably shorter.
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: Realist on April 28, 2018, 12:25:47 PM
I fail to see why people dismiss the Khon Kaen Government Hospital.
Doctor's consultancy charge - 50 baht, and as a lot of the doctors actually also practice at Private hospitals, there is a good chance you will be seen by one of these. I know somebody will mention 'waiting time', but as I am retired, and have the whole day to myself, I don't mind the wait, as I know I am getting value for money.

Obviously, waiting time is more of a consideration for some than for others. Ultimately, it is a cost-benefit analysis. Retired or not, I suspect that most peeps could make more enjoyable or constructive use of their time than waiting on services. If you take your entire retirement income and express it as an hourly rate, that is how much is costs you to sit around and waiting on services.  Of course, Brits and others from countries with national health care systems may have been conditioned to accept wait time as a normal part of reality.

Also, the longer one exposes themselves to an environment full of sick people, some or many with communicable diseases, the great the risks of catching something.




Got to disagree about time when retired. Taking your retirement income, and expressing it as an hourly rate is BS.
The vast majority of retired people I know have all the free time to do as they like, so to spend silly money to avoid a small wait, with probably the same outcome is ludicrous !
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: Rex (Admin) on April 28, 2018, 12:51:18 PM
I said that waiting time is more of a consideration for some than for others. That seems a perfectly obvious and reasonable statement.

"Taking your retirement income, and expressing it as an hourly rate..." is only "BS" for those who do not value their time or have nothing better to do with it.
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: Realist on April 28, 2018, 04:11:40 PM
I said that waiting time is more of a consideration for some than for others. That seems a perfectly obvious and reasonable statement.

"Taking your retirement income, and expressing it as an hourly rate..." is only "BS" for those who do not value their time or have nothing better to do with it.








I have been here a long time, and met a hell of a lot of retirees.
Never once has any one of them suggested they express their retirement income 'as an hourly rate'.
It must be an American thing ?
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: Rex (Admin) on April 28, 2018, 04:20:57 PM
Maybe they ought to.
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: fceligoj on April 28, 2018, 06:33:39 PM
Rex, I agree with you.  I don't go to much detail on my retirement rate, but I am NOT interested either going super early and being one of the first in line or going at a normal time and being a number who gets to wait and wait.  Yes, I am retired but it does not mean my time isn't precious to me.


It has to be a socialize medicine thing as it is in many countries.  I know in discussing it with Canadian friends, if they could, they said they would always prefer going to the US for a procedure than waiting in the line at a Canadian Hospital.


I think the use of certain government hospitals here in Thailand by farangs is to get the cheapest rate!!  Even my Thai wife does not want to go to Khon Kaen Hospital because of the wait and the "lack of quality" care.  She will go to a clinic tied to the hospital to get her blood tests when necessary and always to get her medications (90 days at a time.)  Why? no wait if you drop off your medical booklet before lunch and come back at 1PM to see the doctor. You get priority then.  AND it is a standard test when necessary so no real negatives.


She is very positive feelings for Srinagarind Hospital, though.  AND I have used them the last couple of times for my blood tests with very positive results.  (I sent my results to my US Primary Care Physician and she acknowledges that they are done professionally!
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: Rex (Admin) on April 28, 2018, 07:15:54 PM
I admit it.  I am spoiled and I am a snob.  I don't like dealing with government agencies, et al. I don't even like going to the post office! I don't like waiting. I don't like crowds of people. Sometimes that cannot be avoided, of course, but when it can, I avoid it.
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: fceligoj on April 30, 2018, 04:25:26 PM
It is funny to start thinking about some people's attitudes about "Now that you are retired, you can take all the time needed to get something done (like waiting and waiting)".  Well, I pay golf 2 days a week.  The worst time during the rounds are when you are behind a Thai sixsome which doesn't give a sh*t about time and you have to wait between shots.  A 3 1/2 hours round takes upwards of about 5 1/2 hours.  Not only that but they will NOT let you play through!  What a waste of precious time.  We even switched days from Friday to Thursday to try and get away from these inconsiderate people!
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: Henry on September 08, 2018, 08:49:00 AM



 If you are driving north, out of the city, just a little ways out of the tunnel, there is a large, nice looking building on the left. On the top of the building, it says " Rachapreuk Hospital". Anyone know what that's all about?
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: Windy on September 08, 2018, 09:57:58 AM
The old Rachapreuk Hospital near Ram Hospital has closed, the one you describe is the new one and it looks like a hotel when you go inside too, very nice.  smiley32
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: Henry on September 08, 2018, 01:58:43 PM



 Huh, I'll be damned. Thanks Windy. I was at the old place not too long ago and no one mentioned a move.
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: TerryLH on September 08, 2018, 09:03:40 PM
"no wait if you drop off your medical booklet before lunch and come back at 1PM to see the doctor."

What do you mean when you say 'medical booklet'?
Thanks,
Terry
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: fceligoj on September 09, 2018, 01:45:03 PM

I am not sure to whom you have responded, but my wife has a medical booklet that she keeps and takes in with her when it is time to get prescriptions refilled or the doctor wants to take blood for tests.  The doctor completes whatever they do and gives it back to her at the end of the visit. 


Yes, if you go in before lunch, you usually gets a preferred time when you come back after lunch.  She usually goes one of the clinics that is tied to Khon Kaen Hospital.  Why? 30 baht for the doctor's appointment and all the prescriptions refilled.
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: Savannah20 on October 22, 2018, 06:04:26 PM
I was at the new Ratchaphreuk Hospital today and it is very nice. One of the cleanest places I have been in here in Thailand. They are currently having a Breast Cancer awareness promotion. During the promotion a mammogram and ultrasound is 1,900 baht. http://www.rph.co.th/
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: fceligoj on October 22, 2018, 06:16:43 PM

I also understand their dental clinic seems to be the best furnished one in Khon Kaen, and the prices are very reasonable.


I think they also have a very good eye clinic that does all the extensive testing (if you request it) as if you were in the States or probably Europe.
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: PlasticYellowTomato on January 13, 2019, 04:33:16 PM
A few years ago I posted in this thread (under a slightly different username as forgot the old logon) about my experience getting a full-body checkup at Rajapruek Hospital (or Rachapruek / Ratchaphruek whatever spelling you preferr :-\ ).

Two days ago I went there for the third time (trying to do one each year), and still impressed with the place - so just wanted to update for those of you who are considering one of those checkups but are still sitting on the fence.

The previous two times the checkup was at the old Rajapreuk, which was really and old overcrowded building with peeling paint, but what I've always loved about the place was the dedication and friendliness of all staff. That, combined with the affordability of the checkup made me come back each time.

Since I live in Chiang Mai, I was not aware of the amazing new Rajapreuk Hospital building (which opened in August apparently), so was quite surprised when the Grab car dropped me off there. The place is beautifully designed with green open spaces and plants everywhere, just like an upmarket hotel. Cafeteria, Amazon Coffee shop and minimarket inside downstairs too.

In the old hospital the checkups were done within the existing infrastructure: it was always crowded, and I once had my ECG done in the office of the delivery doctor, with hundreds of photos of mums with babies decorating every wall of the office. However now there is a separate wing of the hospital fully dedicated to check-ups.

Beautiful architecture, spacious and well-designed interior and amazingly efficient service, with the same trademark friendliness and dedication that the old hospital was renowned for. I got in just after 9am and all tests were finished around 10:30, everything back-to-back with only 5-10 minutes waiting in between the different checkups. They then gave me a voucher for the cafeteria (nice because you need to be fasting when you arrive; the cafeteria has hot Thai food, a coffee stall and a fruit stall) and asked me to come back at 11:30 for the results.

So in-and-out in 2.5 hours all up. With the two daily flights from and to Chiang Mai (including a very early one CNX-KKC), it makes it easy to do a fly-in-fly-out for this (also from Bangkok, of course). Note that you have to arrive fasting (no food or drink in the 8 hours before the test).

I still don't speak much Thai at all, but most staff speak some English, the ones that don't whip out their Google Translator, and the end report that gets presented after all tests are complete was also in English (plus one booklet in Thai, but the same info also provided in English). It is presented by the same older female doctor who used to present the results at the old hospital, and who speaks good English.

The all-in checkup program used to be called the Gold Package in the old hospital, however now it is called "Smart Business" and basically includes physical examination, chest X-ray, full abdomen ultrasound, ECG, and a range of blood and urine tests including diabetic tests and several cancer markers. More details here http://www.rph.co.th/package/package-detail/71 (http://www.rph.co.th/package/package-detail/71) - it is priced at 7500 baht for men and 9000 baht for women (as the female version has extra tests).

This pricing is lower than the original Gold Package from previous years, is significantly lower than what I've seen in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, and given my experience still well worth the cost (never knew I had gall stones until I saw them in all their glory on the ultrasound screen lol). The beautiful new hospital experience was an added bonus.

I usually make an appointment by email prior, however with the new setup it may be possible to just rock up when they open in the morning - but you may want to confirm (particularly as I'm not sure the English speaking doctor who discusses the results works every day).

Just wanted to share this as it is useful to get these checkups as we age, but many other hospitals are over-priced and/or treat you like you're in a factory. Rajapreuk is still refreshingly different. I will be back there next year.
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: longklong on January 23, 2019, 07:11:17 PM
Nice to read good things about Rajapreuk Hospital, certainly very different from the Bangkok Hospital Phuket which has highly inflated charges for even minor ailments - 7,000 baht for sore throat! This is the kind of thing that is making Phuket prohibitively expensive for residents and tourists alike.
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: Windy on January 25, 2019, 09:00:51 AM
My daughter recently went to Rajapreuk Hospital with a sore throat and had to stay in hospital for 3 days, total bill 27,000 baht !
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: Rex (Admin) on January 25, 2019, 11:57:55 AM
What did they do to the poor kid? I hope she at least got some ice cream for B27K! Hope she is OK now.

 Of course, a "sore throat" can just be a little irritation from smoking too many cigarettes, or strep or tonsillitis or (gawd forbid!) cancer. Those wold all come in at different price points.
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: Windy on January 25, 2019, 09:18:16 PM
They said it was a blood infection, but she is fine now thanks.

The rooms are very nice, hotel room standard, and the service is good.

However I still think 27,000 baht for 3 days is expensive. This was for the cheapest private room.



Edit: They did say we should get about 4,000 baht back from the government 30 baht system, but it will take about 3 months.
Title: Rachaphruek Hospital Physical Examination, etc.
Post by: fceligoj on November 27, 2019, 05:23:50 PM
Just went to check about the various plans and costs for basic exam including Blood Tests and more.  They are having a "Father's Day Special" until the end of the year for 'Physical Examination' including all blood test, an EKG, Chest X-ray, etc.  for 3,900 baht (regular price 7,845 baht.)  See Attached (hopefully it is at a high enough resolution that you can read it.)
Title: Re: Rachapreuk Hospital
Post by: fceligoj on November 28, 2019, 11:40:10 AM
Scheduled an 8AM appointment on the 27th for the Father's Day Special. and arrived right on time.  There was a bit of confusion at the beginning with retrieving my record but got resolved in a few minutes.  They gave me a matching set of a top and a bottom (all sealed.)  showed me to the dressing room and a locker with a key to deposit my personal items including my clothes.  Their setup is pretty straightforward, station to station.  Once done with the X-Ray had to wait for the doctor to provide the physical exam (a little bit late), then on to the ultrasound (first time in my life.)  The final item was the urine specimen.


I was given the 100 baht coupon for the food court (which in itself would have provided adequate funds for 1 to have a brunch, but had my wife with me.)  Said they would call when the results and the report were completed, probably a n hour or two.


The place is clean! and there must be more staff than patients.  They had greeters, escorts, and nurses to assist everyone without any wait.  The parking  has both an indoor and an outdoor area.


You can go on their web site, "www.rph.co.th", and get all the particulars like all the rates, various rooms types, nurses, food, certain surgeries like full knee replacement, physical exams from basic to VIP 3, etc.  They also provide several different eye examinations and dental.  I did not see anywhere that a premium charge for foreigners would be applied.