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Thai BDMS bets on overseas telemedicine amid omicron threat

Hospital chain president says medical tourism to return to pre-COVID levels by 2023

Bangkok Hospital, operated by BDMS, runs this booth at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Thailand. BDMS is expanding telemedical services overseas and reviving medical tourism as it pushes for double-digit growth by 2023. (Photo by Keiichiro Asahara)

BANGKOK -- Bangkok Dusit Medical Services, Thailand's largest hospital chain operator, is planning to provide overseas patients with telemedical services by 2023 as it moves to revive its medical tourism business amid the omicron variant threat.

"Right now, we are developing what we call a 'digital health ecosystem,' in which we can provide consultations, pharmaceutical services and health content -- health profiles, up-to-date health info, past checkup results and health-related products -- all on your mobile," BDMS President Poramaporn Prasarttong-Osoth told Nikkei Asia in an exclusive interview.

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