With over 80% of the Hua Hin community soon to be double vaccinated and the Thailand Health and Safety (SHA+) Plus requirements being adopted by hospitality venues offering another layer of confidence, Hua Hin is positioning itself to continue as a very safe destination for international travellers as Covid-related restrictions are poised to be lifted.
But choosing a healthy destination is not the only prerequisite for traveller confidence. Another requirement is that local hospitals are able to respond to any medical emergency. That’s a reputation and a reality that Thailand hospitals, including those in Hua Hin, already well deserve.
Haiko Emanuel founded Hua Hin’s Be Well Medical Center in January 2020 with a core objective to meet one more need for those in need of medical attention, including foreign travelers. He says “the first point of call” for health care in most western countries is not a hospital but a medical center where staff can assess and arrange the best way to receive treatment services.
In conjunction with the Phoenix-Plan for the Hua Hin International Airport, Haiko and the Be Well Medical Center team are now planning to offer that first point of call for arriving international travellers.
Haiko says “Imagine someone needing medical attention, maybe after suddenly becoming ill or after an unfortunate accident in a foreign country. Negotiating that situation can be a very scary experience. In Thailand a hospital is often the first point of call, but international travellers usually prefer another way to receive early advice about medical treatment; the Be Well Medical Center can be that first point of call, this would similar to their usual call to a family doctor in their home country.”
As a Be Well Medical Center member, Phoenix Aviation CEO John Laroche understands the Be Well model of care. That led to him to consult with Haiko about how the Center could partner with the Phoenix-Plan to boost the confidence of incoming passengers when it comes to health care.
John says “the airport’s partnership with Be Well will mean that travellers will know they can easily access the best possible medical attention; that’s an assurance that will make the Hua Hin International Airport an even more attractive destination.”
Offering all incoming international travelers ready access, without language issues, and with reasonable costs for medical services will soon become a part of this Phoenix-Plan partnership.
Complete details are currently being developed, however in practical terms, incoming passengers will be given contact details and offered Be Well membership benefits, including membership rates, but without membership costs, for the duration of their stay.
House calls can be made to partnered hotels with assistance to enable hospital admission if necessary. However, Be Well has its own doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, and other medical staff available to offer a broad range of primary care services at the Center.
Phoenix-Plan Chairman Udorn Olsson says “Under the Phoenix-Plan partnership with the Be Well Medical Center for the Hua Hin International Airport, Hua Hin will become an even more desirable destination for international travellers who can be confident that their health, medical treatment needs and safety have the highest priority.”