Why Jacqui Started Medi-Cation
Meet Jacqui Wilson, Medi-Cation’s Managing Director
Friends, family and clients often ask me why I started Medi-Cation.
I had been travelling to Thailand for many years, specifically Bangkok and Phuket and on one occasion discovered one of my amalgam (silver) fillings had partially fallen out. I had spoken with a friend who lived in Thailand and he suggested going and having it replaced with a white composite filling. As you can imagine I was a little nervous. I was not trying to offend the Thai Dentists either with my obvious anxiety, because going to the Dentists in New Zealand was something I put off, after having had several bad experiences. I was just to put it simply “scared”.
Off I went to this small Bangkok Dental clinic. Ignorantly not looking very much into anything at that stage, but taking the word of my Thai based friend. After a very short conversation with the Dentist and a couple of x-rays my filling was replaced. It felt and looked fine.
I nearly fell over when they gave me the bill, and without a word of a lie for the service and filling, it was approximately 20 NZ dollars. I couldn’t believe it, and asked if they had made a mistake. No Madam ( Madam a word I absolutely hate and which in my opinion translates to old lady ) was the young girl on receptions reply. I felt deliriously happy as I headed back to the Hotel.
This got me thinking. How much were other things I wondered. I had had a breast augmentation in NZ that had cost me 12,500 NZ and that was about 6 years ago. How much would that be here I thought to myself.
The seed was planted and so it begun. I researched Hospitals, Dental Clinics and Beauty Clinics in Bangkok and Phuket. I had dozens of visits, and meetings and several procedures during the selecting process, before deciding on the outstanding Hospitals and Clinics Medi-cation is affiliated with. In fact I have since had all my amalgam fillings replaced with white composite fillings with the Dental providers Medi-cation use. It turns out that that $20 job was fine but the work our Dentists have done on my teeth is far better. They are brilliant, experienced kind and caring.
The Hospitals that Medi-cation uses are all JCI accredited, which means they meet USA standards. They also provide a guarantee or have a general Hospital policy that revision surgery will be offered or provided in the event it becomes necessary. The Dental Clinics we use have Clinics in both Bangkok and Phuket and are fully accredited (also with in house labs). We have a wonderful Beauty Clinic in Phuket where you can have many of the same procedures we have here in New Zealand, including botox, fillers, laser treatment to remove spider veins and more. The same procedures are available in our Hospital in Bangkok too.
As the Director of Medi-cation I have experienced first hand the professional services offered by our Clinics in Southeast Asia. Why would anyone settle for less, when its so professional and affordable in Thailand.
My job now is to share my story with my Medi-cation Clients and take the fear out of the unknown. We have tried and they are true.
Thailand is the #1 Medical Tourism Destination
One of the most popular destinations – Phuket is a marvel and a Jewel. Boasting in its tropical asian beauty with a climate that delivers superb weather most of the year around, one can enjoy a taste of the simple life while recovering from surgery or dental procedures. Relax around the pool with a good book or take a day trip to a nearby island.
Another great destination to recuperate. There is so much to do and see in Bangkok. Depending on how you are feeling after your surgery or dental procedures, you may choose to relax in the comfort of your 4 star Hotel room or if the mood takes you and your feeling up to it – why not do a spot of shopping at one of the major shopping malls or take a river cruise.
Whichever destination you choose, Medi-Cation make it their business to ensure you are completely taken care of.
And for good reason…
There’s good reason why Thailand is the #1 leading medical tourism destination in the world. In most cases, you’ll be paying a third of the cost of what you would pay for the same procedure in New Zealand or Australia.
You can disappear on holiday for two weeks without nosey neighbours, work colleagues and friends knowing that you are having surgery.
Who wouldn’t want to go through the healing process in sunny Phuket or Bangkok?
4. Personal Experience
We have personally been where you are going and can answer questions from a patient perspective. The majority of patients are Westerners.
5. Personal care
We deliver an individualised one-on-one personal care programme from the moment you make an enquiry. We aim to take each step along side you – discussing each process, eliminating potential concern and providing you with added peace of mind.
The most frequently asked question
“Is plastic surgery safe in Thailand?”
Medi-Cation is only affiliated with world class surgeons and world class hospitals.
When you book through Medi-Cation for plastic surgery or dental care in Thailand, there is no need to worry if your operation is being performed by the best surgeon, at the best hospital, because we have done your homework for you. Medi-Cation has spent years researching the hospitals and surgeons in Thailand and only chooses to work with those that are of world class standard.
All of our hospitals are JCI accredited. “Joint Commission International (JCI) identifies, measures, and shares best practices in quality and patient safety with the world.” JCI is the recognised leader in international health care accreditation and is the seal of approval for off-shore medical travellers.
Statistics show that having plastic surgery in Thailand is as safe as having plastic surgery in New Zealand.
It is reported that the infection rates in our Thai hospitals are far less than the infection rates in Australia and New Zealand being as low as 0.3% in 2015, with only four reported infections from 1,263 surgeries performed over a one year period.
State of the art hospitals
Our Thai hospital’s cosmetic surgery wing is brand new having been completed in February 2016. This multi-million dollar wing has ultra-modern facilities and brand new technology.
Our Managing Director Jacqui Wilson (pictured left) recently inspected the hospital’s facilities and reports it looks and feels like a 5 star hotel, with large out-patient areas, modern in-patient rooms and with state of the art operating theatres.
World class surgeons with world class training
All of Medi-Cation’s surgeons are plastic surgeons and many are also reconstructive surgeons that are world leaders in their specialist field.
These surgeons are highly experienced, performing hundreds of plastic and cosmetic surgeries each year (quite often far more than those in Australia or New Zealand) and they have all been doing so for many years. The Thai education and surgery training is equivalent to the training in western countries. After medical school they receive years of internship and surgery residency training before they are able to be board certified in plastic surgery.
Most of our surgeons are also ISAPS members (International Society Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons). This international society was established more than 40 years ago to ensure plastic surgeons worldwide can share their skills and knowledge and are up to date with the latest techniques. With access to worldwide educational courses and new procedures to improve surgery and safety procedures they can ensure they continue to be world class surgeons.
Not only have Medi-Cation’s surgeons performed some of the best work we have seen, they are kind and caring with it. And of course, all of our surgeons and nursing staff speak very good English.
All precautions are taken prior to surgery
Prior to undergoing surgery in Thailand a number of procedures are performed to ensure your health and safety including a blood pressure test, an ECG to test the heart, and blood tests. On occasion they may find previously unknown health issues and in this case surgery will not go ahead until it is deemed safe to do so. With the range of state of the art equipment and specialists at our hospitals, you are in the best possible hands. Every precaution is taken. And you should take every precaution in your preparation for surgery, whether it is in New Zealand or in Thailand.
It is also recommended by our surgeons that you do the following at least one month before surgery:
- Stop smoking
- Stop drinking alcohol
- Eat well, exercise and get adequate sleep.
You will have a much faster recovery if you are in the best possible shape before your procedure.
We believe having surgery in Thailand with our affiliated hospitals is as safe as New Zealand as long as our clients prepare for the surgery as they would at home and follow the instructions given to them by our Thai surgeons.
“What is the surgery process?”
Once you have been cleared for surgery you will be taken into the operating theatre to undergo your chosen procedure. Following your procedure you will wake up in the recovery room where you will be monitored for approximately two hours, before being taken back to your own private room.
The patient rooms are some of the largest in the world, each having their own bathroom, fridge, flat screen TV and often their own balcony. The length of stay required in the hospital will depend on the surgery. For example, a standard breast augmentation will require a one night stay.
When it is time to be discharged from the hospital you will be given your take home medicines, after care instructions and contact details for the hospital. Our driver will collect you and take you back to your hotel.
Depending on the procedure you have undergone you will be required to see the surgeon for a follow up consultation and this is usually 7 to 10 days after surgery. The surgeon will check the wounds and dressings and remove any stitches that may need to be removed. They will ensure you are ready to travel home safely and don’t forget our hospitals have a guarantee and or hospital policy.
With Medi-Cation you can be assured you are in the best possible hands.
CALL US 0508-555-644 FOR YOUR FREE QUOTE OR COME TO OUR NEXT CONSULT PARTY FOR MORE INFORMATION.
of Thailand's visitors are medical-related travellers
Australians travel to Thailand for medical vacations annually
“The surgeon did an excellent job. I am a very happy person with my results, and the nursing staff were very skilful, attentive and caring. At no time did I feel in doubt or experience anxiety.” Mophia traveled with Medi-Cation in May 2015. Read more testimonials here…
“The hospital staff, nurses and surgeons were friendly, spoke good English so there was never a problem with communication.” Dave traveled with Medi-Cation to receive dental work, and also accompany his daughter Briana while she received breast augmentation and dental work in September 2014. Read more testimonials here…