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Thai hospitals take big bet on China's 'two-child policy'

Medical tourism revenues expected to surge as couples flock to fertility clinics

Chinese babies in a private hospital in Thailand. More Chinese couples are expected to come to Thailand for fertility treatments after Beijing relaxed its "one-child policy."   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- China's "two-child policy" has created increased opportunities for Thai private hospitals as thousands of Chinese couples flock to Thailand for fertility services. They are forecast to collectively spend billions of dollars on such treatments over the coming years.

Phayathai 2 International Hospital, a private hospital in Bangkok, has recently built a new ward for in vitro fertilization -- the process of fertilization outside the body -- and a fertility clinic. It is expected to start commercial operations by the end of the year.

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