Shoon Le Win
More air ambulance services are being offered to Myanmar citizens who prefer to undergo medical treatment at hospitals in Thailand or other nearby countries, sources have revealed.
Myanmar MJETS Business Aviation Centre provides services for international charter flights at Yangon International Airport. Last year, 42 charter flights carried patients abroad for medical treatment. The firm also does charter flights and air ambulance service.
An official from Myanmar MJETS who asked not to be named said: “Myanmar patients go abroad especially to Thailand and Singapore to undergo medical treatment.
“Most Myanmar patients go to Bumrungrad and Bangkok hospitals in Thailand, as well as Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.
“But there are more air ambulance services to Thailand than to Singapore.”
The main reason citizens go to Thailand for health service is because the cost of doing that is relatively cheap. But that is just one of the reasons, a patient said.
Hospitals in Bangkok are cheaper than those in Singapore. Myanmar interpreters can be easily hired. And the price for renting houses is cheaper in Thailand than in Singapore. Therefore, people who want to do a medical checkup these days go to Bangkok, a patient who underwent a checkup in Thailand said.
Myanmar MJETS Business Aviation Centre opened in August 2014. Passengers who fly on a chartered plane can travel without having to use the airport building.
The MJETS centre has arranged 260 charter flights for visits, business trips and medical appointments since the end of 2015.
Separate immigration, customs and service counters are being opened at the business aviation centre.
Air charter and air ambulance services are also provided there.
Myanmar MJETS Business Aviation Centre (MMBAC) is run as a joint operation in partnership with state-run Myanmar Airways.
Translated by Win Htut