Phuket, Thailand

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With Phuket being the main hub for tourism in Thailand, it makes sense that their Emergency services play such a vital role in the community. With a number of services and facilities geared around public safety and emergency medicine, the level of care is much higher than that of other Asian countries. The standard services include ambulance, hospitals and clinics, dental care as well as fire and rescue. There are also a number of special services, due to the tourism industry, such as tourist police, life guards and tsunami warnings. The hospitals and clinics vary depending on area and insurance as well as financial stability. The top hospitals in Phuket are open to everyone who can afford to pay the prices of treatment but only accept certain insurance companies. While the fees can be quite high for those who have to pay out of pocket, the service is well worth the cost. The lower end hospitals are called government hospitals and they accept illegal immigrants and those on lower budgets; the level of care is just as good as the more prestigious hospitals, the only difference being that they are often over crowded and not as clean. The clinics are very much the same, meaning you get what you pay for. Though there are many services to ensure the safety of visitors and expats alike. There are in fact some services geared directly towards tourism such as the tourist police where you can report the loss or thieve of your passport or wallet, or any crime that is considered an offence against a tourist.

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