Bangkok, Thailand (recent):
Nurse Eddie Chaichana waiting at airport for transsexual Helle Hallberg Sorensen from Denmark, Chaichana with Sorensen, sot, Curtis J. Schroeder, Chief Executive Officer of Bamrungrad Hospital, Chaichana and Sorensen in vehicle on way to clinic, sot, Sorensen, Sorensen consults plastic surgeon Preecha Tiewtranon, sot Sorensen, exterior of a hospital, Sorensen wheeled towards operating theatre, sot, Dr Preecha Tiewtranon, gender reassignment operation on Sorensen, exteriors of Bamrungrad hospital, Curtis J. Schroeder, sot, Chief Executive Officer of Bamrungrad Hospital, gender reassignment operation on Sorensen, Badiur Rahman, heart patient from Bangladesh, undergoing tests, Badiur Rahman having scan, sot, Badiur Rahman, various nationalities at counter, hospital bills, various nationalities at counter, sot, Dr Preecha Tiewtranon, gender reassignment operation on Sorensen, sot, Sorensen (APTN)
Medical tourism is coming to the aid of Thailand – one of Asia’s stricken Tiger economies. The country was developing fast with facilities and services to match – until financial problems hit hard in 1997. Since then, it has been adapting to make the best use of its resources, among them high standard hospitals. International medical tourism is now a growing business, with patients travelling from all over the world to get high-class care at a low cost – plus have a holiday. They’re drawn by one Thai surgical speciality in particular – ‘gender reassignments’ – or sex changes.
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