Back in 1979 a new vision for health care in Thailand emerged. The germ of this vision came about through the meeting of two great minds, that of former Kasikornbank chairman Bancha Lamsam and Doctor Bajarisan Jumbala. These two visionary innovators wanted to improve the health of a nation, and their crusade began in 1979 with the opening of the first Samitivej hospital.
Their vision for a better approach to health care was a multi-faceted assault on the accepted norms on the health care standards in the kingdom. Focus was directed to ensuring only the best would be good enough. The quality of doctors, nurses and support staff were put under the microscope and equipment, techniques, procedures and technology had to be cutting edge.
Along with all these, very tangible assets, they considered knowledge as being, at least, equal. This doesn’t just mean the knowledge of the professionals administering medical care, but also that of the public, they knew that it was imperative for the people to be educated as to their health. Knowledge leads to self-awareness, this feeds directly into the belief that prevention is better than cure.
Bancha Lamsam and Doctor Bajarisan Jumbala knew that, as part of personal health self-awareness, people need access to professionals to work in tandem with each and every individual. As a result, they devised a comprehensive series of health check-up programs. Now, across the Samitivej Hospital Group, personal health check-ups are available to all.
Samitivej’s health check-up programs have now gained international acclaim as a vital part of the drive to improve health standards within the kingdom. These programs not only accommodate indigenous Thais, but also the growing number of expats living in the country, and for the increasing flow of medical pilgrims that now acknowledge Thailand as the number one destination for medical tourism.
Samitivej’s Targeted Check-up Programs
At Samitivej hospitals in Bangkok they know that the ideal check-up program for one individual may not be ideal for another. Age, gender and medical history are all important factors in ensuring that a health check-up has true validity to the individual. With this in mind, Samitivej have developed a series of check-up programs which can be individually targeted to each person.
The hospital’s Happy Life Program is a general health check-up for those people with no particular, or obvious, health concerns. This includes a physical examination, along with blood tests for blood count and sugar levels. A lipid profile, liver and kidney function tests are also undertaken along with tumor marker tests. As with all check-up programs a personalized medical report for the individual is provided.
The Happy Life Program is a general health check-up aimed at anyone that is looking for an overall picture of their health, regardless of age or gender. However, check-up programs that are designed for particular target groups are more specific and give a more detailed picture of each individual’s overall health status.
As a person grows older, the body and its functions age. Thus, Samitivej target their health programs by age grouping. The programs range, with 5 that are very specific, from those under 30, to those over 55. With men and women being different in their physiological make up, these 5 programs are then further targeted by gender.
Targeting the medical check-ups is based on evidential facts, younger and older people have varying susceptibilities to medical issues. For example, for a person under the age of 30, a liver BUN test (blood urea nitrogen) would not normally be required, however, over 30 this test can be of value in assessing the overall health of a person’s liver. Likewise, under the age of 40, eye screening would not normally be considered essential, over 40 there is a far greater probability of the early signs of issues that may need addressing.
Tumorous growths vary across the genders; this is a physiological fact that cannot be overlooked. Thus, at Samitivej, tumor marking tests are specific, not only by age, but also by gender. These tests can be vital in detecting the early stages of benign tumors or malignant cancers which can, varyingly, affect men and women alike.
Specific targeting of health check-ups has obvious advantages for the health care professionals. A health check-up creates an initial overview of a person’s physical condition, this a base upon which a medical history evolves, creating a detailed, moving picture of an individual’s health. This allows the health care professionals to identify any issues at an early stage which vastly increases the probability of successful treatment.
It also allows specific advice to be given to each individual, which could concern fitness, lifestyle or diet, allowing a person to maximize their health and avoid future medical intervention. Targeting of health check-ups also ensures that each individual gains value for money, erroneous testing is uneconomical and benefits no one.
Samitivej’s Bangkok hospitals provide a series of targeted health check-ups are broken down as follows:
Happy Life Program
Healthy Life Program Women under 30 years of age
Healthy Life Program Women under 40 years of age
Healthy Life Program Women under 50 years of age
Premium Life Program Women over age 50
Premium Plus Program Women over age 55
Healthy Life Program Men under 30 years of age
Healthy Life Program Men under 40 years of age
Healthy Life Program Men under 50 years of age
Premium Life Program Men over age 50
Premium Plus Program Men over age 55
With each and every check-up the hospital provides a detailed medical report for the patient’s own reference. The results of the check-up are also kept by the hospital group as part of the person’s medical history, which is of great value to anyone’s health care practitioners.
It is no exaggeration to say that the importance that Bangkok’s Samitivej hospitals have put on medical check-ups and medical issue prevention, has improved thousands of people’s lives. This has been achieved, not only through the ability to diagnose health issues early, but also due to the professional advice imparted which has led to the avoidance of negative conditions altogether.
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